Church to settle suit about school rentals


HONOLULU (AP) — One of the churches a lawsuit claims owes millions for renting facilities at Hawaii public schools is planning to pay a settlement.

New Hope churches will pay $775,000 to settle the suit by Hawaii Citizens for the Separation of Church and State founder Mitchell Kahle and public advocate Holly Huber. They claim various churches shortchanged the state for using school facilities during six years.

The settlement was disclosed in court filings by New Hope’s parent organization, the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel.

New Hope isn’t acknowledging any wrongdoing by settling. New Hope Executive Pastor John Tilton couldn’t be reached for comment. New Hope previously said it would agree to make payments in the interest of supporting the school system and avoiding a legal battle.

Most of the money will go to the school system, and about $200,000 will go to Kahle for bringing the suit.

 

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