EDEN, N.C. — The Rockingham County school board has voted against opening its public meetings with a prayer in a 7-3 vote on Monday night.
The Greensboro News & Record reported that the vote ended a month of heated discussions. Board member Leonard Pryor resigned May 1 over the issue.
Chairwoman Nell Rose, Vice Chairman Hal Griffin and board members Amanda Bell, Wayne Kirkman, Elaine McCollum, Lorie McKinney and Bob Wyatt voted against it.
“Our forefathers recognized the danger in having a government endorsing any particular religion,” Griffin said, according to the paper. “We are a government body.”
Board members Josh Austin, Ron Price and Steve Smith voted for the motion.
“There is nothing we can do without God’s support, his blessing,” Price said.