BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Months after suspending its practice of reciting a prayer at the start of scheduled meetings, the Berkeley County School Board has adopted a new routine.
Board members amended their policy on meetings in a unanimous vote on Tuesday evening.
The board will now open its regular public meetings with a public invocation.
According the new policy, the public invocation will be "non-sectarian and non-denominational, and will not proselytize for or advance any one or disparage any other, faith or belief."
Attendees will not be required to participate.
Earlier this year, the district received a letter from the group Americans United for Separation of Church and State denouncing the board's regular reciting of prayer before meetings.
Since June, the board has instead held a moment of silence prior to meetings.
Board member Mack McQuillin said he believes praying before meetings has been routine for the past 30 years.