BY TYLER THOMPSON
Glasgow Daily Times
Praying in schools is not prevented by officials throughout the Barren County School System.
This was the message delivered by board members Thursday night at the central office. Members approved the constitutionally protected prayer motion for the 2012-13 school year. The U.S. Department of Education’s guidance require districts to complete the annual certification, and Superintendent Bo Matthews said it’s important to recognize that the district is in compliance. The certification states that the district “does not have any policy that prevents, or otherwise denies participation in, constitutionally protected prayer.”
“I recommended to the board that we approve the document that comes to us through the Kentucky and National School Boards Association,” he said. “That’s an issue that gets looked at in other parts of the country, more so than right here, about whether or not we have an amount or level of public prayer in schools. We have a prayer at our board meetings, and you really don’t see that at a lot of other places around the country.”
Matthews said prayer is an integral part of the district.
“We are in the heartland and it’s definitely part of this fabric,” he said. “It’s kind of been torn away a little bit from other places.”
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