Connellsville school board delays making monument decision

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The Connellsville Area school board voted to unanimously tonight to delay making any decisions about what to do with a controversial Ten Commandments monument.

The monument, which has since been covered with trash bags and plywood, drew two complaints in August, including one from a parent of a child in the district who, through a Pittsburgh law firm, said the slab's presence on the public school grounds violated the First Amendment.

School board members were expected to discuss the possibility tonight of moving the 5-foot monument to the nearby Connellsville Church of God.

School board solicitor Chris Stern said the board decided to delay making a decision about the monument because it wanted to "consider its legal options."

"It's pretty straightforward," he said of the vote. "They're still gathering all of the facts.

Mr. Stern said board members heard nearly two hours of public comments from residents, some of whom touched on the monument's religious aspects and others of whom touched on its secular, historical significance in the community.

The next school board meeting is scheduled for Oct. 10. School board members would have to hear public comment again before deciding whether to fight a legal challenge to the monument, which some people overlook and some mistake for a war memorial, Mr. Stern said. education - breaking - region

Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1438 and on Twitter @LizNavratil.


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