Go on the trip, or go to class…
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
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.
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.