Wearing a lapel button that read "As long as there are tests, there will be prayer in schools," Grangeville School Board Chairman Trent Woods indicated he believed the law - as well as God - may be on the board's side in allowing prayers and Bibles in public schools.
"There is a very definite question of legality in this case," Woods said at a School Board meeting. "It's not a black-and-white issue as the (newspaper) editors would have you believe."At issue are commencement prayers and Gideon Bibles, which the board decided last month to continue in the district despite a possible legal challenge from the American Civil Liberties Union.
Earlier this year, the ACLU objected to prayer in Rexburg public schools and using churches for school events.
Grangeville School District trustees said they believed the majority of patrons in the district favored commencement prayer and allowing the Gideons to distribute Bibles.
"Of all the controversial decisions I've been involved in since I was on the board, I've never had one that's got more support," Woods said.
Board members supported a lawsuit filed in the Madison School District at Rexburg, challenging the ACLU's position.