South Fremont High School will hold its May graduation at Ricks College, but the school board decision was not without opposition.

The Fremont School District trustees voted to hold the ceremony on May 27 at the Hart Auditorium on the Ricks campus in Rexburg. The college is run by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.The desire for more seating and a better sound system won out over Ashton trustee Sara Reinke's objections that the auditorium would be uncomfortable for students who do not belong to the LDS Church.

"It's a difficult thing for youths to grow up in a minority," she said. "It spills over into the school. It seems to me to provide the final school experience in anything other than a neutral setting would be insensitive to their feelings and a hurtful experience for them."

The American Civil Liberties Union has clashed with some districts in Idaho for holding some church-related activities in the public buildings or allowing prayer at graduation. The ACLU views it as blurring the constitutional line between church and state.

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Principal Grant Bischoff said there was little opposition to the auditorium among the seniors. The high school gym would have put a limit on the number of onlookers the seniors could fit in the building.

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