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DANCE BAN REINSTATED

The Purdy School Board has reinstated a ban on school dances after winning a four-year battle that reached the Supreme Court.

"The board wants to go back to the business of running a good school and have some quiet," board attorney Ransom Ellis III said Monday.In 1986, 21 students and parents sued to overturn the ban, claiming it was imposed for religious reasons and thus violated separation of church and state.

The board in the town of about 1,000 argued dances might lead to drinking and discipline problems.

The Supreme Court in April upheld the century-old ban by agreeing that the rule was not motivated by religious beliefs.