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A controversial portrait of Jesus, hanging in Jackson's middle school in Ohio, will remain on the wall.

The Jackson City Schools Board voted unanimously (4-0) to keep the portrait on display during a meeting on Tuesday night.

Members met in executive session with their lawyers for more than hour before coming out and taking the vote.

Lawyers for the board argue the portrait can stay in the school because it belongs to a private club and is not owned by a government entity. The portrait belongs to the Hi-Y Club, according to school board members, and has been on display at the middle school since 1947. The board also indicated that other student groups will have the opportunity to display a picture that demonstrated what their club stands for.

The portrait has become a point of controversy in recent weeks. A federal lawsuit has been filed to have it removed. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Freedom from Religion Foundation have sued, saying the picture promotes a single religion, therefore it violates the U.S. Constitution.

Phil Howard, the superintendent of Jackson City Schools, said they're prepared to address matters from the ACLU and others, but he is happy with the outcome of Tuesday night's vote.