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Tucker County BOE OKs senior field trip to Disney

October 2, 2012
By Casey Houser - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

Principal Jay Hamric was asked to speak at Monday's Tucker County Board of Education meeting to clarify some of the issues surrounding the proposed Tucker County High School senior trip.

Following the discussion, the board waived policy restrictions to approve the planned trip to Disney World.

"It's a serious undertaking," Hamric said. "We wanted to get this approval early in the year."

Hamric referenced the previous board meeting, during which Tucker basketball coach Tom Gutshall presented the preliminary plan to send the senior class to Florida.

Board policy limits the maximum trip distance to 500 miles. It also states that 50 percent of the class needs to participate and that the trip would need to end before the final day of classes.

In that meeting, the board suggested that more information was necessary before they could waive any of the policy restrictions.

On Monday, Hamric primarily discussed the fundraising aspect of the trip, which may be expensive for some students. Therefore, fundraising will necessarily be a game-changing factor for many students, he said.

"We need to start this fundraising as early as possible," Hamric said. "What's important to recognize is that this senior class has demonstrated an immense amount of responsibility."

Board members asked for more clarification of the fundraising plans.

"Will there be opportunities for students who don't have access to after-school transportation?" vice president Janet Preston asked.

"There are opportunities within the school day," Hamric said.

The funds available for each student will be tied to their participation in each fundraising project.

"We are going to carefully track who is participating," Hamric said.

After the discussion, the board voted to waive the restrictions stated in board policy. On the good faith of the principal and the school, the board expects the fundraising to continue and for a reasonable date to be set, board members said. They also expect the fundraising to allow as many students to go as possible.

The board accepted the following personnel measures at the meeting:

Leslie Stephens resigned as the Tucker Valley Elementary Middle School basketball coach.

Ruby Miller is taking a medical leave of absence through February 2013.

Heidi Hamric will be the new technology integration specialist county wide itinerant at Tucker County High School and Davis Thomas Elementary Middle School.

Valerie Eye is the new adult basic education teacher for Tucker county.

William Streets will now operate bus 7A for the county.

Shane Eakle is the new assistant boys' basketball coach and David Helmick is the new assistant girls' basketball coach at Tucker County High School.

Phyllis Turner is now a ticker taker for the county.

The following substitute teachers have been hired for Tucker County: Tara Bowley, Ed Kachamrek, Samantha Likens, Sheila Lipscomb and Rachel Propst.

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

The next board of education meeting will be Monday, Oct. 15 at the Tucker County Board Office.

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