Skaneateles BOE approves trip to Spain

In a special meeting of the Skaneateles Board of Education on Wednesday Oct. 15, the board approved two policies regarding field trips along with a spring trip to Spain planned by the Spanish Club.

According to Superintendent Phil D'Angelo, there will be between 20 and 25 students traveling abroad. The board approved the trip.

"The Spanish teachers took this very seriously," D'Angelo said.

Prior to approving the trip, the board also completed second readings of policies pertaining to overnight and international field trips. During discussion of those guidelines, much of the conversation was focused on certain terminology within the policies.

It was decided that the word "optional," in reference to insurance coverage for students partaking in international and overnight trips, would be removed from the policies. Trip insurance would be useful for students and faculty in the case of cancellation or for medical reasons while away from the district.

Board member Kate Cogswell said the insurance will be based on the cost of individual trips and that she would strongly encourage not making coverage optional.

D'Angelo agreed and the terminology will be revised to reflect the board's decision.

"Then if we do this, they're good to go," said member Evan Dreyfuss.

Both policies were approved by the board.

In other board news:

; The BOE briefly discussed writing a policy for tie votes. Currently the board has no policy in place regarding a tie vote on school matters. Dreyfuss said that in the Liverpool school district, the board's policy is that a tie vote is equivalent to a "yes."

; D'Angelo said the board would be presented with a policy regarding food allergies and request for approval for two overnight field trips at their next regular board meeting scheduled for Tuesday Oct. 21.

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