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Rental reaps good will


Dear Editor,

What gives the Imlay City School Board the right to rent the middle school to the North Goodland Baptist Church? Not all of the people in that parish are taxpayers in our school district.

It bothers me because the U.S. Supreme Court ruled long ago that there must be a separation of church and state. We fund the school district, so does the state.

Editor's note: Imlay City School Supt. Gary Richards replied as follows: "While it is true that public education must keep schools and religious institutions separate and independent, renting school facilities does not violate the Separation of Church and State principle found in the United States Constitution. In this particular case, the church service is completely and totally separate and independent from school programs and services. Although school buildings are provided by the community primarily for school purposes, renting our facilities to other organizations after school hours increases the revenue to the community for its ongoing investment in school property. Additionally, public use of our facilities encourages good will toward the schools and the community."

John Sollman, Lum
August 08, 2007

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