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BOE approves 24 courses for new literary arts program for BISFA

Other courses added to the high school program of studies include several for SHHS Finance Academy

January 19, 2011|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — Twenty-four courses for a new literary arts program at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts were among the high school course changes the Washington County Board of Education approved during Tuesday night's meeting.

The school board approved, by a unanimous vote, course additions, deletions and changes to the names of some courses for the 2011-12 school year.

Courses for the new literary arts program include poetry, screenwriting, the novel, writer's workshop, creative nonfiction, electronic media, fiction, journalism and playwriting.

Donna Hanlin, assistant superintendent for curriculum, school administration and improvement, said school system officials will not hire additional teachers for the literary arts program, but will redeploy existing teachers once officials see how enrollment shakes out among different schools.

Most of the students for the new program's first year are expected to be freshmen transferring from within the school system, Hanlin said in a phone interview before the meeting.

The literary arts program will require one half-time teacher next school year, said Clyde Harrell, director of curriculum and instruction for prekindergarten through 12th grade. The position eventually will be full time, he said.

Student interviews and auditions for the new program are slated for February, Harrell said.

The school board unanimously approved the new literary arts program in October. All of the classes for the program will be held in the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown building near the arts school in downtown Hagerstown.

Other courses added to the high school program of studies include several for South Hagerstown High's Finance Academy, including business economics and ethics; an honors computing methods and applications course; and college algebra and public speaking and forensics for the Essence program.

The Essence program is a collaboration between the school system and Hagerstown Community College in which students either earn college credits or high school and college credits for passing certain courses, Harrell said.

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