Galion students will have the opportunity to travel to Québec City next year.
Galion High School’s French class received the approval from the Galion Board of Education Thursday evening to travel to the capital of Quebec, a Canadian province, from May 11-16.
Twenty-four students and six chaperones will make the 14 hour trip by bus, which will not require minors to have a passport to cross the boarder, said Violeta Chinni, the French teacher at GHS.
Last year, more than 40 students traveled to New Orleans, which was well received, some board members said.
“Québec will be a full-immersion,” Chinni said, emphasizing how students will be placed in situations to engage in French.
The students will participate in the educational tour through Boston-based Exploria, which will also hire a third-party for security.
Students will fund the trip with several fundraisers including selling bookmarks for $1, Chinni said.
In other business, the Genevieve Mann, a sixth-grader at Galion Middle School, gave a presentation on why the district should use reusable trays instead of Styrofoam, which are also used in high school.
Last year, trash and waste disposal cost the school district $27,000, Galion Superintendent James Grubbs.
Recent discussions with Rumpke have brought costs down to $15,000, he said.
Other cost-saving initiatives include the redesign of the school’s website. The district is now paying $6,000 in annual fees for the current site compared with $600 for the new website that’s expected launch next school year. Also, the district are intending to launch a “Varisty News Network” website, which will provide scores, news and updates for Galion varsity teams. The site will also be connected to a Facebook page dedicated to the Athletic Department.
The network will cost an initial, one-time fee of $1,400 for both the middle and high school, Grubbs said.
Athletic Director Kyle Baughn said the district wants to have the network ready for Spring sports.
Additionally, the BOE honored outgoing board member Robert Zeisler for 12 years of service to the district.
“I just have really enjoyed it,” Zeisler said. “I think this is a great district. I really do – staff, students, everyone. It’s just been fun.”
Galion BOE will have its organizational meeting – followed by its regular meeting – at 6 p.m. on Jan. 14.
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