Bible class curriculum passes the test

Sean McDaniel

By Traci Chapman

Mustang Public School Board members on Monday approved a Bible history class curriculum for fall.

One hundred seventy students listed the class as a first-choice elective in their pre-enrollment packets, administrators said. The class was first discussed when Hobby Lobby CEO Steve Green approached board members last fall.

The class was one of 11 new course offerings proposed by Superintendent Sean McDaniel for the 2014-2015 school year. The board’s approval of the class curriculum was unusual, but the step was taken upon McDaniel’s suggestion. The superintendent late last year said he thought board members would feel more comfortable reviewing the course’s proposed curriculum.

Steve Green, president and chief executive officer of Hobby Lobby, in November gave the board a general presentation about the class at McDaniel’s request. His staff at Green Scholars Initiative was working on components of at least the first proposed semester for the course, McDaniel said. It was that curriculum which was presented to board members Monday.

Green told board members the course would be non-denominational and would not concentrate on a particular organized religion. It was made possible after legislators adopted a law in 2010 allowing such curriculum for public school districts across the state, Green said.