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CHS choir 'auditions' at school board for travel permission

Members of the Carbon High Audition Choir perform the National Anthem for the Board of Education.

By RICHARD SHAW
Sun Advocate publisher

A group of students from the Audition Choir at Carbon High sang the National Anthem to the Carbon County School Board the other night and it wasn't just to prove they could sing. It was also to prove they could be responsible.

Students came to the meeting to ask the board to allow them to go on a trip next spring to participate in a vocal music competition tour in southern California. It would be the first out-of-state trip allowed for a high school choir trip in a few years.

The request came directly from the students, although choral instructor Arthella Williams voiced a bit of preamble by saying "I think you need to hear what they want to do from them."

The request fell on interested, but cautious ears. A previous trip with the choir to southern California a few years ago had resulted in some problems that came back to sting the district.

The students explained their plans, not only in terms of what the schedule would be, but also how they would finance such a trip for everyone to go.

"If you go on this trip what kind of adult to student ratio would there be to prevent problems?" asked board member Jeff Richens.

The standard policy, he was told, was a 1-20 ratio, which the board seemed somewhat uncomfortable with.

"I would like to see it at one to ten or something more like that," said Richens.

Many of the adults going with the group would be parents, but some staff would also accompany the singers, which would number around 80 students.

Students said they had ideas for fundraisers and would be able to "cut the cost" of transportation because they would leave from another performance they would be doing in Spanish Fork instead having to have a bus come to Price to pick them all up.

The board discussed the situation and looked at the schedule the students had proposed. Board member Barry Deeter asked about financing, particularly for students who could not afford to pay their own way. The cost for the trip would be $469.

The students told the board that they planned a number of fund raisers for that very purpose.

While the details are not solidified as of yet, the board went along conceptually with the plan.

They also told students that they were pleased with what had been proposed "educationally" and thought it could be a good trip.

The choral department will keep the board up-to-date on what they are planning and how things are going over the next few months.

The board also agreed to approve a vehicle for a trip for the Future Farmers of America who were at the meeting as well. Four students had qualified for nationals the day before the board meeting so the request for travel in November could not be acted upon directly. However, under the circumstances the board gave a thumbs up for the students to travel to Idaho for the Western Natural Range Career Development Event in Idaho Falls. Other than the transportation the organization pays for the costs for the students to participate in the event.




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