During the meeting, high school English teacher Sonya Forbes asked the board to allow her to prepare for the trip, and said she received a good price from School Tours of America, which is based in Houston, Texas, at $1,634 per student, a price that includes a $99 registration fee.
Forbes said that price includes airfare, hotel accommodations, tickets to various places and events and most meals. Students will have to come up with the funds for the trip via various types of outside fundraisers, she added.
“They’ll have ample opportunity to raise a lot of the money,” Forbes said.
Trigg County School Superintendent Tim McGinnis said the plan for the trip includes a variety of educational opportunities for Trigg students.
Because of the economy and the price of the trip, Forbes said she wanted to make sure there is enough interest among students and parents before bringing it to the school board’s attention.
The teacher also presented an itinerary of what the students would be participating in during the trip, including two Broadway productions, a visit to the Empire State Building, visits to Little Italy and Chinatown, Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
With the exception of Sharon Simmons, who was absent, board members unanimously voted to allow Forbes to continue to plan the trip.
Trigg County School Athletic Director Jim Perrin came before the board to request that it formally recognize various middle school athletic programs. Although no action was taken, both Perrin and McGinnis said that middle school programs are critical to the success of the Trigg County’s high school athletic programs.
“If we’re going to be very competitive at the high school level, then we’ve got to incorporate some seventh and eighth grade programs along with high school programs,” Perrin said.
The school system needs to do a better job of preparing Trigg students for the various athletic programs if it wants them to be more competitive, said Perrin.
In other action, board members unanimously voted to move along with the demolition of a dilapidated house at 172 Main St. after getting approval via a letter from Cadiz Mayor Lyn Bailey.
McGinnis said that Bailey is willing to get quotes on tearing the building down and will handle the project, and will ultimately bill the school board.
Board members also approved the demolition of the old adult center cinder block building, provided that the demolition is feasible.
Additionally, Marc Terrell of Kentucky School Board Insurance Trust (KSBIT) gave a report on the property appraisal of the school district’s property. According to Terrell, the school district has well over $53 million worth of appraised property.
The next school board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13, at the school central office.