A Bible history course was scheduled to be offered to Mustang High School students as an elective for the new school year, however, it may take longer than planned before the curriculum reaches the classroom.
Superintendent Sean McDaniel informed the Mustang School Board on Monday that although the district has signed off on the curriculum, he was proposing to hold off on offering the course until the second semester of the school year to allow a nonprofit organization to review the curriculum.
"In the event that someone files a claim against us, it is important that we have appropriate coverage," McDaniel said. "The Alliance Defending Freedom is a group that we hope would represent us in the event of a claim."
McDaniel said it the organization would not be able to review all of the curriculum until July 24.
"My concern is that we have 178 students that have expressed that they want to take this course and I don’t want to wait that late to tell them if we are going to be able to hold that class in the first semester or not," McDaniel said. "I would rather push the kick-off date of this course to the second semester to give us more time to have this curriculum reviewed."
McDaniel said students who were hoping to take the course in the first semester could be given the choice to take Humanities as an elective in the first semester and then the Bible course the second semester, or not take the Bible course at all.
"Our teacher who is going to teach the Bible history course is also certified in Humanities so we can offer that as an elective to those students in the first semester," he said.
Board member Jim Davis said he agreed that it would be best to hold off on offering the class.
"As high profile as this is, I think it would be best if we had everything in place," Davis said. "That would only be right for the students and the community."
Davis said he was very impressed with the curriculum, which was written by the Green Scholars Initiative.
"I think the technology piece of this curriculum is the real selling point to me," Davis said. "After being presented the electronic part of the curriculum, I thought to myself how great it would be if other courses had that same technology for science and math."
No action was taken on the item, but McDaniel said he would keep the Board of Education updated on the status of the course.