By Leslie Tilson
Bath-Dewitt Connection staff writer
Planning of the annual Bath High School band trip is in full swing after the school board unanimously approved the trip during Monday July 25 board meeting.
This year the band will go on a larger trip to Washington D.C. on March 21, 2012.
“This is a trip that they’ve taken on a 4-year cycle so that every band student has the opportunity to take a larger trip at some point during their career,” said Jake Huffman, superintendent of the Bath School District. “They went to new Orleans last time.”
The band is directed by Scott Vetter, who was unable to attend the board meeting or be reached for comment, because he is away on family vacation.
“I had a chance to look at the itinerary and it looks really great,” said Huffman. “It’s a very reasonable cost, at $500. Compared to some other band trips I have seen in other districts, it’s a very reasonable and affordable trip.”
Since the trip is extracurricular the students are responsible for covering the $500 cost. However, students can fundraise to offset the cost.
“They get credit for any sales that they do,” said Ann Chaffee, school board trustee and parent of a band student. “So if they sell and sell and sell that can go into their band account and it comes off the $500, it helps, the more you sell it makes it so you don’t have to come out and pay for it.”
The trip is booked through Educational Tours, Inc a company that provides reliable, safe transportation and accommodations for large groups of students. The band will travel by bus and stay in a hotel once in Washington D.C.