At a meeting Oct. 13, the McDuffie County Board of Education voted unanimously to grant release time for high school students to attend classes at the McDuffie County Christian Learning Center beginning in January.
Keith Kurtz, a representative of the CLC, explained the program to the board at an Oct. 11 planning meeting.
He said the program offers biblically based instruction to public school students. Initially, it would be comprised of two classes with 15 students each and include four course options.
In the courses, students would learn about wise college and career decisions, scripture as it relates to current events and an overview of the major world religions, Kurtz said.
Superintendent Jim LeBrun said the classes would have state-approved course numbers and be accepted as elective credit at Thomson High School.
The CLC would be accredited under a similar program in Walton County for the first two years. If continued after that, LeBrun said it would be non-negotiable that the program receive its own accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
He stressed the fact that the program has the board's approval to operate during the spring 2012 semester as a trial run. It will be privately funded, requiring no money from the school system or from students, he said.
"It's just approval of the concept so [the CLC] can progress on preparing a building and collecting funds," LeBrun said.
Kurtz said the center would also provide transportation to and from the classes, which would take place in a building next to the old skating rink on Augusta Highway.