By Paul Daquilante • Staff Writer • 

Parent intent on organizing foreign adventure

The board approved Steere’s request to prepare the groundwork by beginning to gauge student interest and engage in some initial planning.

Steere has taken students abroad before with Education First, which specializes in international education. It started in 1965, when it began bringing Swedish high school students to England for on-site language studies.

Today, with offices in more than 50 countries, Education First offers educational tours, high school cultural exchange experiences, language schools and a one-year MBA program, according to its website. It claims to have served more than 15 million students over the years.

Steere said she is focusing on a 14-day tour of France, Italy and Spain.

“It’s history coming alive,” she said. “There’s a lot packed into the trip for the money. There is little downtime.”

Steere said she is hoping to take a group of six or seven students at a cost of $4,000 to $4,500 each. She said fundraising efforts would help defray the cost.

“This would be a busy summer for fundraising,” Steere said. “The fundraising keeps them occupied and out of trouble.”

Steere said students have fund-raised in a variety of ways in the past, everything from wrapping gifts at a mall at Christmas time to participating in a beach cleanup.

Anyone interested in traveling abroad with her can contact her through the school district at 503-876-4525.

In other business, the board:

n Approved the budget calendar for 2013-14. The first meeting will be held at6 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, in the school library. Three optional meetings are tentatively scheduled prior to budget adoption, slated for Tuesday, June 25.

n Heard a report from Principal Carrie Zimbrick, who said the flu season has hit the elementary school hard. Attendance the past three weeks was at an all-time low, she said, with 80 students out one day.

n Retained its affiliation with the Willamette Education Service District. Willamina utilizes the ESD for special education, purchasing and finance programs.

n Finalized a second bond planning work session at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, in the school library.

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