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Jenkins seniors won’t be able to make planned trip to Hawaii

Jenkins High School seniors have been forced to revise their ambitions for a senior trip to Hawaii downward in light of their inability to raise sufficient funds. At a special called meeting held last Thursday, the Jenkins Independent Schools Board of Education voted unanimously to approve a trip to Orlando, Fla., instead of the originally planned Hawaii trip.

Senior sponsors Brian Breeding and Sonia Stewart told the board there should be no problem with getting enough money together for the Orlando trip and said that Harlan “Tootie” Seals of Neon has agreed to provide a bus and to drive at a very favorable rate. Stewart told the board she and Breeding have contacted a travel agent who said her company will work with Seals and the seniors to create a pleasant experience, and Seals has agreed to use travel and recreation industry contacts he has in the Orlando area to get as many activities as possible lined up for the seniors for the best possible rate.

Board Chair Durward Narramore Jr. reminded the sponsors that everything must be within state guidelines as well as the guidelines of the board and school district insurers. He said documentation of proof of insurance and other requirements must be presented to the board before it gives final authorization for the trip.

“If it’s not here, they aren’t getting on the bus,” said Narramore.

Board member Pauline Sexton volunteered to accompany the seniors as a chaperone and said she would pay her own expenses in order to save money. Breeding said under the current plan, students will not have to pay anything at all for the trip other than money raised by the class. He said the seniors will require about $10,000 in addition to money already raised. The date for the trip is May 10- 15 and 27 seniors will take the trip.

The board voted unanimously to allow an AAU team to use the Jenkins High School gymnasium for practice as long as it is approved by the high school athletic director. Board Vice-Chair Tracy Goff made the request and told the board he has become involved in AAU programs to provide recreational opportunities to young people in Jenkins and the surrounding area. Goff said all insurance and board policies will be followed and as soon as a schedule is complete he will submit it to the board and the Jenkins Middle High School Athletic Department for approval.

Goff said he has spoken with Neon area adult volunteers and he hopes to have two divisions, under 14 and under 16, but it depends on the number of participants. He added he is not sure if any games will actually be played in the Jenkins gym.

The board also voted unanimously to adopt policies and procedures mandated by the Kentucky Department of Education, which are the result of changes made in the current General Assembly Session. An expulsion hearing was held at the beginning of the meeting but at the request of the parents, it was closed.

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