Posted: May 14, 2024 12:25 PMUpdated: May 14, 2024 12:25 PM

South Coffeyville Considers Partnership for Religous Education

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Nathan Thompson & James Copeland
The South Coffeyville School Board is considering adding a voluntary release-time religious education program.
At Monday night's meeting, board members heard a presentation from Pastor Jason Swindell, who is working to start the program at the Methodist church across the street from the school. The program would function like an elective, and Swindell says they'd like to use a Bible curriculum offered through Lifewise Academy.
The proposed program will be for second- through fifth-grade students. Interested students would need parental approval, and the program would not be funded through the school or on school property.
The board tabled a vote on the program to gather more information and to see what will happen with a state bill that looks to affirm a 1950s Supreme Court case that allows for release time programs such as this.

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