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School Limits Extracurricular Trips
Monday, 30 March 2009

March 30--  Some students at Toombs County High School are concerned because officials are turning down their requests to attend out of town meetings to run for office in extracurricular clubs and organizations. 

According to School Superintendent Dr. Kendall Brantly, requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.  "We have to consider every request on its individual merit. We are in a definite budget crunch right now, so we're not approving many, if any," he says.

One member of the FFA wants to run for area office, but has been turned down even though the local FFA Alumni Chapter has offered to reimburse the school system for expenses.

Dr. Brantley also says such trips involve pulling a teacher out of a classroom to accompany students on trips.  He's not sure that's best for other members of the class.  

"The biggest issue I would have as a parent if I have a child who is barely getting by in science, and we want him to pass the Georgia high school graduation test, and that teacher is absent ten or fifteen times depending on the number of officers and events they sponsor, then I have to question is my child getting a fair share of instruction when the teacher is absent all the time," Dr. Brantley said.   

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