Proposed Bible course on school board agenda

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The Craig woman collecting signatures to include a high school Bible course in Moffat County School District's curriculum is ready to present her proposal.

Deborah Powell has collected 700 signatures and will present the course suggestion to the school board at its regular meeting on Feb. 27.

"I'm going to be going in with the information on why we need it (the Bible course) in (the curriculum) and where it should be placed," Powell said.

Powell was inspired to lobby for the class after watching a National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools program on TV in September.

The class Powell's proposing would be an elective course at Moffat County High School. The class would teach the King James version of the Bible, though students could take any translation to class.

The possibility of one denomination influencing the class is eliminated by a 300-page curriculum provided by the council, Powell said.

Though the United States Supreme Court banned public prayer and Bible-reading from public schools in 1963, Powell said the local reaction to returning the Bible to schools has been positive.

"I'm expecting a good reaction, truly," Powell said of the school board meeting. "Out of all the people I've talked to, there's maybe been a handful who have been opposed to it."

Moffat County School District Superintendent Pete Bergmann and Assistant Superintendent Joel Sheridan met with Powell this week to discuss the board meeting and her request.

Bergmann said Powell will be allowed 20 to 30 minutes during the board's work session at 4 p.m. The board will not make a decision on the matter; Powell will present her proposal, and the board will discuss.

Powell said she hopes some of the proposal's supporters will attend the meeting with her, though she's not sure how many.

"It really depends on God because this is his deal," Powell said. "I'm just the messenger."

Even if the course is not accepted, Powell said her mission will be worthwhile because it brought the issue to light.

"If nothing else comes out of this, at least people know there's God," Powell said. "It's all up to the Lord. He wanted it in and he put it in my heart."

Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or mperry@craigdailypress.com.

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