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Waynesboro teachers to request 2013 China trip

May 07, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Waynesboro Area Senior High School students studying business could be visiting one of the world’s key economic players in 2013.

Teachers Brian Fisher and Caroline Tassone are asking the Waynesboro Area School Board to consider approving an educational trip to China for Nov. 22 to Dec. 3, 2013.

The school board is scheduled to discuss the trip at its meeting Tuesday night.

If approved, students could participate in fundraisers for the $3,477-per-student trip held in conjunction with the Chambersburg (Pa.) Area School District, according to a memo written by the teachers.

A bilingual tour director would guide sightseeing in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. The trip would include stops at the Great Wall, the world financial center and the Hong Kong stock exchange.

“Although we are not sure if there will be any interest, we believe this to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit a global economic power and should be opened up to test student interest levels,” the memo states.

The Chambersburg Area School District is treating the China experience as a nonschool-sanctioned trip attended by students, district spokeswoman Catherine Dusman said.

Waynesboro’s school board meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the administrative building at 210 Clayton Ave.

Also on the agenda is discussion about a fact-finding report submitted in continuing negotiations with the Waynesboro Area Education Association.

Additionally, the board will consider authorizing a study of its transportation routes. If approved, that study from an outside consulting firm could be finished by early June, Business Administrator Robert Walker said.

The study should not cost more than $10,000, Walker said Monday.

Changes to routes could reduce the miles traveled or number of buses, Walker said. The school district pays rates based on each mile traveled, he said.

“It could save some money,” Walker said, saying the consultant would look at efficiencies and costs.

The study would also examine who should walk to school.

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