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Jaffrey-Rindge

School Board OK’s 2 student trips

Conant high school students will soon be heading out of town, across the country and even across the globe. The Jaffrey-Rindge school board had a brief meeting Monday at which students proposed two trips – one that will take area students to China for an exchange program and another that will bring Conant seniors to Virginia Beach on their senior trip. Before the board officially started the meeting Daniel Whitney, board chair, directed attention to Colby Whitcomb, the student representative to the board, who asked that everyone take a short walk, from the meeting room to the cafeteria where student names were paired with colleges at which they’d been accepted. The board and attendants clapped to celebrate student achievements before returning to the boardroom where the meeting officially started.

Whitney began the meeting with an address to the board in which he said that they need to look at educational plans and determine whether the current model used by the Jaffrey-Rindge School system is the most efficient.

The board agreed that immediate action is required on their part to ensure that any changes in their education plan can be implemented next year.

“The only place we really have deep discussion about what we do and why we do it happens in the high school,” said James O’Neill, Jaffrey-Rindge Superintendent. “That needs to change.”

Mariah Maki, Conant senior class president, presented a four-day senior trip to Virginia Beach planned for June. The board unanimously approved the trip with little discussion.

Brian Yaceshyn, Conant senior, and Patricia McCarthy, Conant teacher, presented plans for a student exchange that would bring eight area students to China. The board gave little discussion and unanimously voted to approve the trip. The board’s only comment was that they would have liked to see the proposal sooner to help with funding, but McCarthy thanked them and said funding efforts by the student group had been very successful already.

Hayden James can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 228 or hjames@ledgertranscript.com.

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