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Tucker BOE considers Fla. senior class trip

September 19, 2012
By Casey Houser - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

A senior class trip to Disney World is being considered for the students of Tucker County High School.

At Monday's Tucker County Board of Education meeting, TCHS boys' basketball coach Tom Gutshall gave a presentation asking for permission to send the class to the Florida resort. He discussed, in nonspecific terms, the cost of the trip for each student.

"We're going to make all of them responsible for raising the money," he said.

Gutshall, the sponsor of the senior class, also mentioned that raising enough money will be out of reach for some students.

"We're going to do everything we can," said Gutshall, trying to assure the board that each student will be given the chance to attend.

Board members had questions about the feasibility of the trip.

"I'm concerned with the students who can't afford it," stated vice president Janet Preston.

The trip is further complicated by the distance from the school to Disney World. The distance is greater than 500 miles, which is the limit for school trips under board policy.

"You as a board are permitted to go outside the policy," stated school superintendent Dr. Eddie Campbell.

Another factor is the necessity for the trip to end before the last day of the school year.

The board invited Gutshall back to the Oct. 1 meeting to further discuss the specifics of the trip.

Gutshall made the trip presentation as a preemptive measure to make sure that the board would allow it.

The details of the costs and fundraising will be presented at a later date.

A bout of congratulations took place following the presentation.

This week's meeting marked boardmember Jerry DiBacco's 300th consecutive board meeting. He has not missed a meeting in his tenure as a board member.

In other news, three students from Tucker County High School have taken the advanced placement test for English and have qualified for school credit.

Campbell spoke about the board's dedication to have more students take AP classes.

"It is a goal of the high school administration," stated Campbell.

He noted that an AP biology class was added to this year's curriculum.

One resignation was announced at the meeting and several new staff have been hired:

Larry White has resigned as maintenance person.

Robyn Nestor and Lisa Smith are the new special education team leaders at Tucker County High School and Tucker Valley Elementary Middle School, respectively.

Jennifer Wieand and Valerie Eye have been hired as homebound teachers.

Becky Moore is now a Tucker County alternative education / individual education plan coordinator.

Holly Plunkett is the new mentor for math at Tucker County High School.

Arthur Carr is the new bus operator for bus No. 16A.

Trina Carr is the new extracurricular contract bus aide.

Kelly Underwood is now the girl's basketball coach at Tucker Valley Elementary Middle School.

Charlene Roy is now a substitute bus operator for the county.

All positions are scheduled to continue through the 2012-2013 school year.

Contact Casey Houser by email at chouser@theintermountain.com.

 
 

 

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