Rockingham Co. school board member resigns over prayer


Leonard Pryor

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EDEN, N.C. — A member of the Rockingham County Board of Education resigned Wednesday, after the board plans to consider opening its meetings with prayer.

Board member Leonard Pryor made it clear he wants nothing to do with the issue of prayer at public meetings. His resignation was announced on Friday.

The school board currently starts meetings with a moment of silence. Member Ron Price asked the board last month to consider opening with a prayer instead.

Members plan to vote on the issue on May 13.

Pryor said in a written statement the issue could lead to legal action and he does not want to jeopardize his family’s future with such a risk.

“We took an oath of office to support the Constitution of the United States and it is my opinion that recent motions and topics of discussion could subject Rockingham County schools and its individual board members to the threat of lawsuits in the future,” he said.

Pryor was elected to the Rockingham County Board of Education in November 2010. His term would have expired in December 2014.

The remaining board members said they will appoint someone to fill the position until the term expires. Members said they will soon identify a timeline about replacing him.

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