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School Committee Weighing Four Offers for New Prayer Banner Home

So far the district has received offers from the Cranston YMCA, Immaculate Conception school, St. Mary's Feast Society and a business owner in Pawtuxet Village to accomodate the banner once it is removed.

So far, the School Committee has four choices for a new home for the prayer banner slated to come down from the wall at Cranston High School West.

School Committee President Andrea Iannazzi said today "all offers will be taken back to the School Committee for review."

District officials had indicated earlier this week that the banner was to come down this week while students were away on February vacation.

But today, lawyers agreed to an extension that will let the banner remain where it is, covered by wood, for another few weeks. The deadline for the district to file against the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union's request for $173,000 in repayment of legal fees is now March 5.

Once the judgement is reached, the school has 10 days to remove the banner, which is expected to cost about $1,000.

So far the district has received offers from the Cranston YMCA, Immaculate Conception school, St. Mary's Feast Society and a business owner in Pawtuxet Village to accommodate the banner once it is removed.

The School Committee last week voted 5-2 to not file an appeal of the Superior Court ruling by Judge Ronald Lagueux instructing the district remove the banner on grounds it violates the Establishment Clause of the Constitution.

Jeffrey Barone February 24, 2012 at 02:40 PM
I was wondering why the School Committee is the one who determines who get's the banner. That was a gift from the class of 1963. Let's leave government out of this part of the process. They already cost us $173,000.00. I think that the class who gifted the banner should determine it's destiny, not government. Also, Little Miss Alquist should pick up the tab to remove it, she got her way.
Jeffrey Barone February 28, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Kimberly, Great idea. I just emailed Mr. Nero and advised him that I was interested in doing that. I would pay the fee to remove it and then give it back to the class that donated it to the school. Let's see what his response is.
peace maker March 04, 2012 at 11:38 AM
In this day in age where society is forever changing and becoming more and more liberal,we must realize that what once was can't be today.Unfortunatly sometimes so do our values and morals.For the idiot who said club hell would take it,just that,"your an idiot."In todays world the prayer can't stay in a public school ,not because it is offensive but because the constitution says we must have seperation of church and state.I am a catholic and graduate of cranston west by the way.Because it was challenged for whatever reason or motive,the law is the law.For the older crowd read this and think about teaching your children how it was when a black was known as a n----- and it was ok.Today he is President of the U.S. Generations change the world but good values and morals don't.I'd like to see it at the catholic school inspiring students as it was intended to do.
Robin Lionheart March 08, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Yes, I agree the Catholic school should get it. Unlike other sites where it would only be an exhibit, there it’d serve something like its original purpose of imparting values to children. (Though it failed with the terroristic teens at Cranston West, let’s hope it will fare better there.)
Robin Lionheart March 08, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Since the class of ’63 gifted it to the school, it’s the school’s property. Letting the class of ’63 have a say in the matter would be classy, though, if a suitable representative of their student body could be found. And no, Jessica Ahlquist should not pay a dime. If you have an illegally parked car towed off your property, they should pay the ticket for their lawbreaking, not you.

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