The settlement requires the Jackson City School District in southern Ohio to pay the ACLU and Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation damages and legal fees totaling $95,000.
The two sides had a tentative agreement months ago that bogged down in more legal filings after the two groups said the school district continued to keep the Jesus portrait, and displayed it on the school lawn during a prayer meeting. Court filings show the portrait was also visible to those entering an art-storage area.
“All of this was unnecessary,” said James Hardiman, legal director for ACLU of Ohio. “The law is pretty clear ... the display of this particular kind of religious artifact [in a public school] is unconstitutional.”