School district considering D.C. trip

Friday, November 30, 2018

The Alta-Aurelia Community School District is considering a trip to Washington, D.C., for students in the summer of 2020.

The trip, in the preliminary stages of inquiry, was initially expected to cost $1,700 per student for four packed, all-inclusive days. It was proposed that students in 5th, 6th and 7th grade this year go (when they will be going into 7th, 8th and 9th grades.) One volunteer chaperone for every 15 students would be able to go for free.

Proposals were interested in starting fundraising soon. Parents could make a payment of $100 per month over about 18 months if they wanted their child to participate, with payments ballooning closer to the trip. Concerns swirled about the cost of the trip being too high. Board members will look into price comparison with other companies who could facilitate the trip at the next meeting. Some thought 7th grade students might be too young to appreciate the value of the trip.

Other concerns about the 18 month payment commitment being too far out to make a decision also posed a problem in the idea’s conception. Cost breakdowns will be delivered at the next meeting to see where the students might be able to save money. Planners had assumed students would be responsible for the entire cost, with the school board not shouldering any subsidization.

The trip could be worked into the schools curriculum and offered every few years to students to make it inclusive, board member Gigi Nelson suggested.

More information will be offered to the board next week.