The origin of the religious yearbook cover causing controversy in Elkhorn is a little more clear.
But questions remain about how it ended up on the Manchester Elementary School yearbook — if only temporarily.
Leaders of the public school’s Parent Teacher Organization voted to remove a cross from the cover after fifth-graders voted to put it on, officials say.
The initial cover featured inspiring words, including faith, hope and dream, in the shape of a cross. The design is one of the covers available from Memory Book Company, a yearbook vendor.
The cover is one of at least 50 free covers on the company’s website. The covers vary from cartoonish to dreamy, abstract, patriotic and religious.
The cross cover, which the company calls “Love & Faith,” is described on the website as a “beautiful cover perfect for parochial schools.”
The PTO was working with the company to produce the school’s yearbook. A spokeswoman for the Elkhorn Public Schools said Wednesday that the PTO leaders and principal first saw the cross cover a couple of weeks ago, after the books were printed.
The board of directors of the PTO subsequently reprinted the book without the cross.
PTO President Andrea Abrahamson said
the PTO has allowed fifth-graders to select the cover for several years.
It’s still not clear who, or if any adults, authorized the printing or oversaw the voting.
District officials said they don’t know any details about the process.
Last winter, the school drew national attention after then-Principal Jennifer Sinclair issued a memo to staff prohibiting all Christmas-related activities and symbols, including candy canes, Christmas carols and red and green items, at the school, which is northwest of 168th and Blondo Streets.
The memo caused an uproar with parents and teachers and led Sinclair to step down as principal.
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