In the heart of winter, it’s never too early to start thinking about traveling, vacations, but most importantly, field trips. The Bellbrook City School Board discussed some scheduled fields trips and left one proposal for discussion during the next board meeting.
The board approved High School juniors and seniors to go on a campus tour of the University of Kentucky on February 2. The cost of this trip will not be a cost of the district, rather the students.
The fourth and fifth graders will be allowed to travel to Indianapolis, Indiana on April 10-12 to participate in the Math Pentathlon National Tournament. The advisors that were approved to attend are Debbie Bobick, Dave Hedrick, and Libby Stanton. The only cost to the board will be a partial day of pay to the teacher attending.
The High School volleyball team will be traveling to Maumee Bay in Logan County to participate in the annual summer athletic camp to participate in a team tournament play on July 16-18. The maximum cost per student or family is $100. More details will be provided as the date approaches.
The Cadet Club, JRTOC recently traveled to San Diego, California and the school board is to reimburse the cost of transportation in the amount of $18,367.20.
Marie Jergens, the high school and middle school French teacher presented to the board her wish to take at least 20 French students to France in the summer of 2016. She was requesting permission from the board at this time in order to get plans undergoing to give parents and students enough time to make payment arrangements or have time to save before the grand abroad trip.
“We are guaranteed a private tour. We will have our own bus and our own tour guide,” Jergens said. “We will be paired with another school that is also participating in the same programs.”
Jergens has researched different tour/travel companies and found that for the upgraded services offered by some companies are better than the budget companies that the school board has used in the past. She has spoken to other individuals that have used the upgraded services and they indicated that it was worth the little extra money. How much more money, you may ask? The price of the trip only increases $150.
Although the number of chaperons was discussed and was approximated at needing one chaperon for every five students, it was a topic that would be revisited if the trip is approved. So, parents don’t pack your bags just yet.
The trip that Jergens is planning is much different than the budget trips because the budget trips place students approximately one hour away from the major monuments that they will be visiting. That extra travel time cuts into the time that they are actually experiencing the culture. But, when going outside of the budget companies, the students would be staying in 3-4 star hotels located in central areas and within walking distance of all major historical monuments. This will guarantee they are exposed to the authentic France with foods from each area they travel. This isn’t going to be a hot dog and grilled cheese sandwich trip.
Parents can be assured that in the case of a life altering event, all money is 100% refundable.
The board will decide on this trip during the next school board meeting, which is scheduled for March 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Au Revoir! (until we meet again.)