On Monday the Richland Bean Blossom School Corporation approved a field trip to Germany, despite concerns from some Board members.
Amy Norris, the German teacher at Edgewood High School, asked for permission to take a group of students to Lingen, Germany, next summer.
Board member Randy Wright questioned the safety of trips overseas.
Wright referred to Board member Debra Walcott, who was not present at the meeting. He said she’d be concerned about the chaperones getting a free trip. Walcott has voiced concern about student field trips in past meetings. Board President Dana Kerr asked for more specifics about what concerned other Board members.
The cost of the trip is roughly $2,500 per student, and some board members said they worried that would be too expensive for many students.
Norris helps conduct fund raisers to help pay for the trips, assuming students are interested.
“Sometimes I have students whose family’s can afford it,” Norris says, “We’ve had fundraisers in the past and I am always willing to help the students raise as much money as they can. Having said that, we can’t possibly raise enough to cover each individual student’s trip.”
The Board later voted unanimously to approve the trip. But they also established a policy requiring teachers to present details about overseas trips at two separate Board meetings before getting approval.