2017-08-24 / Front Page

Field trip to U.S. Space camp could be on horizon for local sixth graders

By JANE ELLYN AARON
news editor

A new field trip approved at the latest meeting of the Wilkes County Board of Education has the potential to provide middle school students with a very unique and educational experience.

“We moved this from the consent approvals, because this is a new trip this year for the sixth grade. The middle school would like to take some of our children to the U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama,” Superintendent Dr. Rosemary Caddell explained. “We will have our children stay on site at the space camp. They will have 24-hour surveillance, and they will have 24-hour security in the camp pods where the children will stay. We will have sufficient chaperones for that trip, as teachers are going with the children, so I recommend that we allow them to go.”

According to Caddell, a minimum of 50 students is necessary to make the trip affordable for everyone, and the hope is for at least that many children will sign up to attend. However approval from the board was necessary before any tangible plans are made.

“If we don’t have enough sign up for it this year, then at least this is something to think about again for the future,” Caddell added.

In other business, the use of the tribunal training provider CSRA RESA, which is responsible for group meetings and hearing officer training, was approved by the board.

On a similar motion, Dan Murphy was also approved to conduct individual member training for the board.

“That’s who we’ve typically used in the past – Dan Murphy,” Caddell added, as was the case with RESA.

Several consent items were also met with approval, including the RESA contract and two out-of-state school trips. One trip will be for students to attend the National FFA convention in Indiana, while the other will be for Student Council, Beta Club, and a few other students to visit Washington, D.C.

Additionally, the board will conduct walk-throughs of each school over the next few months to view classrooms and the daily goings-on of the students and overall functions of the facilities.

A date for an evaluation of Dr. Caddell, as the superintendent, was also set.

The next meeting of the Wilkes County Board of Education will be held on Monday, September 18, beginning at 2 p.m. at the board office.

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