Sunday, April 15, 2007

School Baord Candidate Says Husband's Suit Will Be Dropped If She Wins

Four years ago, Marion Illinois parent Robert Marsh sued school superintendent Wade Hudgens and the Marion school board for allowing the schools to endorse religion. The suit claimed that Superintendent Hudgens organized school assemblies featuring the evangelical pastor of Ronnie Hill Ministries in Fort Worth, Texas. The lawsuit claims that the assemblies were going to be used to hand out tickets to evening pizza parties at a church, during which students would have to listen to a sermon by Pastor Hill. The school board has spent $167,000 so far defending the lawsuit. The case was dismissed earlier this year for lack of evidence, but Mash has filed a motion for reconsideration. Now Marsh’s wife is running for school board in next Tuesday’s election. Jan Bowman-Marsh says that if she wins, her husband will drop his lawsuit. These developments were reported by The Southern yesterday.