Teacher gets nod to provide information on China trip

FISHER — High school social studies teacher Bob Lindsay would like to offer next year's seniors an opportunity to take a chaperoned trip to China.

The school board this week gave its unofficial assent to Lindsay to conduct an informational program for parents and students and next month will likely give permission for the March 10-19, 2014, trip provided by EF Educational Tours if there is sufficient interest in it.

Two days of the trip would be devoted to a world summit of hundreds of youth who would meet in Shanghai. Students would tour various sites in that city as well as in Beijing.

A seven-day trip would cost $3,970 and a 10-day trip, $4,340. A company tour guide would accompany the students in groups of 40 and the cost is all-inclusive except for lunches and includes trip insurance.

Accommodations would be in western-style hotels. For each six students who pay for the trip, the company would pay for a district teacher/chaperone.

Lindsay said it could be "a trip of a lifetime, a wonderful opportunity. You can't put a price on it," he said. "There is a lot more to education than just being in a classroom."

Lindsay said the Blue Ridge school district has taken student trips with the company.

But for the trips, students would miss eight or 10 days of school, just before break. Schoolwork would have to be done in advance or made up.

Principal Tom Shallenberger said students would have to be in good academic standing to be considered candidates for the trip.

Superintendent Barb Thompson said the only cost to the district would be paying a substitute teacher for Lindsay.

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