Several parents of fourth graders appealed to the Donegal School Board in regard to a district policy that allows only one field trip per class per year.
Some want the board to consider an agricultural trip taken by the fourth grade class to be called an “event” instead of a field trip.
The parents spoke to the board at its monthly meeting on Nov. 9. They want the fourth graders to be able to attend a trip to the state capitol, but the fourth grade has already gone on an ag trip.
No decisions were made about the proposed work-arounds to enable the fourth grade to take its field trip to the capitol.
The field trip policy will be on the agenda again at the Dec. 7 board meeting, because two board members were absent, and a new board member will be at the next meeting.
In an email to LNP, Superintendent J. Michael Lausch, Ed.D., said he and the board “engaged in positive dialogue with the parents in attendance.”
“The Board did state that policy does not dictate locations or frequency of trips, rather, that responsibility falls to the superintendent,” Lausch wrote. “I had shared that I am in favor of one trip per grade level, and each trip may be split across multiple days.”
Lausch explained the reason he favors the one-field trip per year policy is because nurses need to go on the field trips. He thinks multiple trips at multiple times will be too taxing to the nursing staff.
In other news, teacher Linda Good will be replacing Steve Gault on the board beginning at the December meeting. He was a board member for nearly nine years.
He told LNP after the meeting that he felt he had best served the school in his field of expertise – buildings. Now that the new high school has been built, he said it is “time for the board to focus on academics.”
The next meeting of the Donegal School Board will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 7 at 1055 Koser Rd., in Mount Joy.