BANGOR - The Bangor school committee met for the first time in 2014 to discuss an addition that will make a profound impact not only on students, but the community as well.
A Fine Arts Academy concept was addressed Wednesday night, a program based off of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Academy already in place at Bangor High School.
These academies focus on specific areas of study, and with fine arts it would initially cover digital art in three forms: digital and commercial, two-dimensional, and three-dimensional.
Superintendent, Betsy Webb says with the growing fine arts community in the Bangor area, it was a perfect fit for the school system.
"We put the challenge to the department and they've done an incredible job," Webb says. "The only way you'd be able to be this successful is to have strong programs in the elementary schools, as well as a community that's full of opportunities and support."
"Because we have great students that do well, we feel we've prepared them for what goes beyond high school," Kal Elmore, Fine Arts department chair at the high school, says. "We think this new program will continue to help students post high school."
The committee unanimously approved the concept.
Advisers will begin fine tuning the program that's expected to be open to incoming Freshmen this fall.
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