School board approves stipend to save popular field trip

By: 
Andrea Nelson, andrea@montgomerymnnews.com

In-coming fifth-grade students were caught in the middle of a dispute between the school board and the teaching staff at Tri-City United.

In recent months, the school board learned that the yearly field trip to Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center would be canceled if the teachers involved in organizing and attending the three-day educational experience were not compensated for their time and effort.

Feeling backed into a corner, school board chair Marsha Franek expressed her concerns with the teachers’ request and asked that more information be presented before making any decision.

The two lead teachers for the field trip, Kevin Woitas and Tonya Jacobson, went before the school board at the May 23 meeting.

The result of this conversation gave each side better insight into why compensation was being requested and why the board had not taken action on this item up to this point.

Both then and now members of the school board have spoken about being hesitant to meet the teachers’ request for extra compensation because of what this might mean in the future.

“We’re opening up a whole can of worms with other groups,” said Franek.

Fellow school board member Kevin Huber agreed, saying caution needed to be taken when making...

To see more on this story pick up the June 16, 2022 print edition of the Montgomery Messenger. 

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