A top school system official said the course is being offered in Denham Springs High School as an elective, at the request of students.
It’s possible to offer again next year, because the school is switching to a block-type schedule in order to accommodate students taking courses at a new STEM center. The schedule will in turn create more space in student and teacher schedules for elective classes, said Jody Purvis, supervisor of high school instruction.
The course was taught for several years but was put on hiatus due to scheduling issues about a decade ago, Purvis said. He could not recall any issues arising when it was taught previously.
Denham Springs High School would be the only school in the parish offering the course, Purvis said. It is not offered in neighboring East Baton Rouge or Ascension Parish schools, spokespeople for those districts said.
Purvis said he did not have a curriculum for the class, and a teacher hasn’t been selected for it. It will be offered only if there is sufficient interest, he said.
Generally, the “Bible as Literature” class will look at the Old Testament and New Testament as a literary and historical document, he said.