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Seniors get nod on NYC class trip

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By Becky Barnes

The Harrison County High School Class of 2008 will be headed to New York City during spring break.

The Harrison County Board of Education approved the senior trip at its Tuesday meeting following a presentation by Eric Turner, class president.

Turner, who was accompanied by class officers and student council officers, highlighted the benefits of the trip and explained their expectations as far as classmates? participation.

He said they wanted to find a trip that would be as economically feasible as possible. He said over $2,400 has already been raised to help bring the costs down. He said they hoped to double that by spring.

?We hope that helps us to take as many [students] as possible,? Turner said.

The NYC trip, without the fundraising deductions, costs $585 per student. That will include accommodations for five days and four nights, all meals and tickets for a Broadway show as well as other attractions.

The board unanimously approved the trip and commended the students for the research and presentation.

In other business, the board:

?Approved mounting Hall of Fame plaques in honor of Ronnie Herrington, W.E. Lawson and H.D. ?Buff? Ingles at the new athletic complex.

?Heard site-based council presentations from Northside principal Sharon Hill and Westside principal Jon Hoskins.

?Approved use of the district?s gyms for the recreation department as scheduling permits.

?I wish we could do more,? said superintendent Dr. Roy Woodward. ?But, we have to take care of our people first.?

?Heard Lloyd Ogden, director of pupil personnel, report that the calendar committee is working on next year?s school calendar.

?Heard Ogden report that attendance is down from a year ago. However, he said enrollment is up by 42 students and average daily attendance is up from the same time last year.

?Approved an emergency replacement of the high school?s boiler.

?Agreed to match the KETS offer of assistance for $37,062.

?Announced employment of Mark Carroll, James Paul Switzer and Roger Coppage, volunteer assistant softball coaches at the high school; Gary Philpot, assistant softball coach at the high school; Petey Reynolds, boys? soccer coach at the middle school; Glenda Bartels, special education assistant substitute; Debbie Levi, long-term substitute for sixth grade language arts; Cameron Courtney, emergency substitute; Kim True, short-term instructional assistant; Larry White, volunteer assistant basketball coach for the high school.

?Announced a six-week leave of absence for Angela Cracraft.

?Acknowledged the resignations for Paul Foster, boys? middle school soccer coach; Kim Newell, sixth grade language arts teacher; Kim Pischel, high school science teacher and Sherri Toomey, special education instruction assistant at Northside.