Thursday, September 12, 2013

LMSD Approves Christian Based Good News Club

The Louisville Municipal School District Board of Trustees met with local representatives of the Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) Program on Tuesday (Sept 10) to consider establishing a "Good News Club" within the District for kindergarten to 6th grade students.

Hazel Garrett spoke to the Board and provided details about CEF and the Good News Club- an after school program that provides evangelical teaching and character building lessons and programs.
Garrett indicated that the program would be of no cost to the District and parents would need to sign a permission form before a child could be included in the program. The interdenominational program would be staffed by local volunteers who must sign a statement of faith to participate. Garrett said that the group would provide liability insurance to cover volunteers and that background checks must also be completed.

Mrs. Garrett informed the Board that there were 4000 similar clubs across the country reaching as many as 150,000 students. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that such clubs are permissable.

Superintendent Ken McMullan said that the Good News Club could be run in conjunction with the recently awarded DREAMS Project. Students and parents would have a choice of paerticipating in the club or in an alternative character based education option.  After school transportation for students would be available through the DREAMS funding. (To find out more about DREAMS - click here)

After discussion, the LMSD Board provided approval of the program with Board member Bobby Moody making the motion and seconded by Claire Crowell.