Graduation to Stay at First Baptist Woodstock
In a unanimous vote, the school board decided to keep the graduation at First Baptist Church of Woodstock.
After an hour-long meeting and more than a dozen speakers, the Cherokee County School Board members voted unanimously to keep graduation at First Baptist Church of Woodstock, although they may face a lawsuit by a group for the separation of church and state.
In one of the closing remarks, School System Attorney, Tom Roach, said, "If this was a matter of church, it would be illegal to build a school next to a church because you would see a cross on your way to school."
Creekview, Etowah, Cherokee, and Woodstock High Schools all sent student representatives to the meeting to ask the board members to keep the graduation at the church.
Also, members from the Cherokee Parents Against Moving Graduation and HUSH, groups who want to fight the lawsuit, presented a petition of more than 1,500 signatures and offered financial support for any costs that may arise if the group takes legal action against the school system.
One member of the Cherokee Tea Party Patriots who also identified himself as a Jewish man said his Marietta Synagogue went through renovations a few years ago and they held several religious ceremonies at the Transfiguration Church in Marietta.
In comparing the issue of converting because of the building you're in, he said, "I didn't feel the need to convert when I walked in that building."
Going forward, the next step is for the Americans United Against Separation of Church and State to file an official lawsuit against the school board. As of now, they have only threatened a suit.
For a minute-to-minute breakdown of the meeting, check out our live blogging done during the meeting.