Rivenbark campaign informed it can't foot the bill for soccer fans

Rivenbark campaign informed it can't foot the bill for soccer fans
Newcomer Bill Rivenbark earned the most votes in the Republican primary for NHC School Board. (Source: WECT)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - New Hanover County Schools informed Board of Education hopeful Bill Rivenbark that his campaign money will not be allowed to pay for students attending the Hoggard Women's Soccer game Wednesday at UNCW soccer stadium.

A notice sent out on Twitter earlier in the day highlighted that the first 50 students showing their Hoggard ID would get in free of charge, courtesy of the Rivenbark campaign. The tweet appears to have been removed as of the publication of this article.

The notice did not come from Rivenbark's campaign.  Rivenbark was not immediately available for comment.

NHCS Spokesperson Valita Quattlebaum stated while the school system appreciates the gesture, board policy prevents political campaigns from participating in such a giveaway.

No person shall, on School System property or using School System modes of
communication, display, distribute or broadcast, any political or campaign related sign,
banner, sticker, brochure or other material or information, through any medium, or
engage in any political or campaign related activities or electioneering. -- NHCS Board Policy 6420

The women's soccer team tweeted out that the Rivenbark family was paying for the donations Wednesday. Parents are allowed to make such a donation, according to Quattlebaum. Rivenbark has a daughter who attends Hoggard.

Rivenbark was the leading vote getter on the Republican side in the primary election held last week.  The four candidates receiving the most votes will earn seats on the Board of Education this November.

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