07/19/2012 United States (Christian Post) - A Connecticut school board that had been in a legal fight over whether they could hold graduation ceremonies at a nearby church building has decided to reach a settlement wherein they stop the practice.
The Enfield Board of Education voted 6-3 on Wednesday evening to accept a settlement in which the school system agrees to no longer hold graduations at First Cathedral Church.
The settlement came in response to a lawsuit filed in 2010 on behalf of a couple high school students and their parents by the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Jeanne Leblanc, Communications and Education manager for the ACLU of Connecticut, told The Christian Post that she was "pleased" with the decision.
Alex Luchenitser, associate legal director for Americans United, told CP that with the settlement there is a guarantee that Enfield will no longer use churches for graduation ceremonies.
"If not for the lawsuit, the schools would very likely have continued using the church," said Luchenitser.