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Some private transportation allowed for extracurricular activities

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By Kellie Parkin

The use of private vehicles to transport students during extracurricular activities, once a prohibited action, will be allowed on a case-by-case basis by individual schools, according to a policy change scheduled for approval Feb. 17.

The new policy will allow athletic teams, especially minor sports like golf and tennis, to attend events otherwise unavailable to them due to transportation funding cuts.

Small-group educational trips will also benefit from the policy change, making it possible for field trips too small to justify bus use to still occur.

Each trip will have to be approved by the Principal of the individual school. Athletic and educational benefit will be the criteria.

“Our primary function as a school district is education,” said Superintendent Bob Hastings. You have to look at each use.”

Hastings added that trips to see movies such as Twilight, which was recently done by one school, will not qualify as educational excursions.