Go on the trip, or go to class…

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009 at 5:01 am

Pine City seniors who do not go on the senior trip, may no longer will be able to just sit back and relax.

The Pine City School Board is considering changing its policy on the senior trip, making it mandatory for those who do not attend,  to class during that week. Currently, the senior trip is the only time the school does not enforce mandatory attendance for seniors, according to Pine City Superintendent Darwin Bostic.

The board hopes making the change will help increase participation on the trip, which was down to 25-percent last year.

Board President Dan Peterson

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The board questioned whether or not it is worth doing a senior trip if participation remains low. They unanimously agreed to go ahead with planning next year’s trip. The board is hoping to get at least 30-percent participation which is 37 seniors.

Activities Director, Wally Connaker said the economy played a factor in this year’s level of participation. He thinks the senior trip is an essential part of the students final year in high school.

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This year, the class of ’09 took a bus down to Florida. Traveling by bus saved students roughly $350, according to High School Principal George Johnson. The board decided to continue using the bus for the class of 2010 senior trip.

The decision on making it mandatory for seniors to go to class if they do not go on the trip was not on the agenda, so the board took no action.  Each board member did say they are in favor of the change.  A final decision is scheduled for either the july or august board meeting.


  1. PC Mom 06/9/09 at 7:15am

    I feel that there could be money better spent elsewhere for the Senior Trip than to continue going to Florida. I wouldn’t encourage my senior to go on the class trip. I waste of money when they need to be preparing for paying for college.

  2. Bird 06/10/09 at 8:00am

    I wonder how many of the School Board members would ride a bus to Florida? Nothing like losing 3 days of your trip riding on a bus. No wonder particpation was down 25%. Duh. Do everyone a favor and go back to flying.

  3. PCHS Alumni 06/10/09 at 8:36am

    I would encourage all seniors to go on the class trip. I had a great time and it’s one of my fondest memories of high school.

  4. Another PC Mom 06/10/09 at 11:25am

    I am sad to hear that participation is so low for the class trip. I think the experience itself has a value. High school is hard work for those wanting to get into a good college and they should have some things to enjoy and to take with them as college is even more work. Not sure the location of the trip is quite as important as the experience itself. Maybe the student council or another group could come up with some new ideas for the destination and make some suggestions to be evaluated for 2011.
    Thank you.

  5. PC Alumni 06/11/09 at 9:22am

    As a former student who went on the class trip many years ago, I think it is important to continue the trip as it gives many students an experience and memories with their classmates that they will carry with them forever. Many of the students that go never had a “family vacation”, been out of Minnesota or even stayed in a hotel. As parents we need to encourage our children to go out and experience things in this world, they will have the rest of their lives to be in college and work.

  6. PC Alumni & A PC mom 06/15/09 at 12:55pm

    Years & Years ago I went on the senior class trip. The memories do last a lifetime. It’s up to every individual family & senior how it will work into their life. Everyone has to plan out what their priorities are… for some, that extra money is more important to them for use their first year in college. If a kid is not planning on college, then maybe the senior class trip becomes their only chance to get out of Pine City. But traveling on the bus sure doesn’t seem like much of a vacation of a lifetime!

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