Smiths Station High School students could have several new class options in the fall.
During a Tuesday evening meeting, the Lee County Board of Education approved adding four new courses to the school's course catalog: The Bible as Literature, Southern Literature, Genetics and Advanced Placement U.S. History.
Some board members expressed concern over how The Bible as Literature would be taught, but interim superintendent Steve Nowlin said the course outline and the textbook would specify that the class be educational, not devotional.
"It is being done in some places and there is some interest in the community as the Bible as literature," Nowlin said. "It wouldn't mean that you would teach every book in there."
Smiths Station High School principal Kathie Ledbetter was present at the meeting and said 300 students expressed an interest in the class. Faculty have already been looking at textbooks.
The high school must have certified teachers and enough interested students in each of the courses to offer them in the fall.