March 06, 2001, Tuesday
Board to lists ins, outs of field trips
BYLINE: Eric Eyre
SECTION: News; Pg. P10A
LENGTH: 608 words
But what about field trips to miniature golf centers, shopping malls, amusement parks and the state basketball tournament?
Board members told Duerring to draw up a list of potential field trips and they'll vote them up or down at a future meeting.
"We as a board can say we like this, or we don't like this," said school board President Bill Raglin. "We need to come up with a list and endorse it."
Board members agreed
Monday night schools could send students during the school day to the upcoming
state basketball tournament at the
started scrutinizing field trips after the Gazette reported that
Last month, board members ordered Duerring to ban such non-educational field trips.
This week, high school principals called Duerring about the state basketball tournament. Could the students go?
Nitro and Capital
high schools' girls' basketball teams already have qualified for the
tournament. The boys' teams at George Washington, Capital and
School board members said sending students to the games to cheer on their teams would boost school spirit.
"Personally, I think it's just as important to go to the state tournament and root for your team as it is to sit in the classroom," said board member Jim Crawford.
"We have students who will attend whether we sanction it or not," board member Cheryle Hall said.
Duerring also asked
about field trips at the end of the school year. Students picnic and swim at
"Now, you're saying these are OK?" Duerring said. "What isn't OK?"
Principals and teachers have said they hold up field trips to students as rewards for good behavior, grades and attendance.
Roy Petry, a math
But he also noted that middle school teachers are instructed to establish reward systems during the training sessions.
"We're hammered - reward, reward, reward - was what you have to have to make a middle school successful," Petry said. "Why should the children do well if they're not going to get rewards at the end of the school year?"
In other business Monday night, elementary school principals asked board members to hire 15 additional counselors. Each elementary school would then have at least one full-time counselor.
Watts Elementary Principal Eric Lutz read papers written by 9-year-old boys at the school. They wrote of missing fathers, of loneliness and despair.
"Kids are scared," Lutz said. "They're lonely. Afraid."
Principals also want board members to hire a full-time grant writer and establish a task force to discuss principals' concerns.
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