The trip senior high instructor Randy Hansen pitched to the Fergus Falls School Board Monday night will take a group of Fergus Falls juniors and seniors to another continent in 2021.

After Kennedy High students Sam King and Will Pawlowski supplied staff and board members with their impressions and memories of their 2019 trip to Europe, which took them to Italy, Switzerland, France and England; Hansen laid out the itinerary for another journey to Europe in June of 2021.

Hansen said the group will be leaving Fergus Falls in mid-June and return around June 28. After flying into London, England, they will take a ferry to Calais, France, travel by bus to Paris, then Florence, Italy, and finally Rome. Hansen stressed the fact that actually seeing some of Europe’s greatest tourist destinations is an experience that will change the students who make the trip.   

“We really try to visit the main things the kids want to see,” said Hansen, who added that he would welcome the company of other faculty members on the trip. Hansen was talked into taking over the reins for the 2021 trip by 2019 leader Laurie Roder.

Subjects to be taught on the trip will be Western civilization, a class taught by Hansen along with myths and legends, a class taught by Roder.

Hansen and Roder are looking for the the Fergus Falls group to include 18 to 30 students and two to three chaperones at a cost per traveler between $4,500 and $5,000.

The eligibility for the proposed trip will depend on taking and passing college western civilization or myths and legends and meeting school code of conduct standards.

The students keen on making the trip plan to raise the funds they need through Service Food receipts and flower sales. Hansen pointed out that students and their families will be responsible for raising the major part of trip expenses.

The board acknowledged $46,000 in grants to the district from the Fergus Falls 544 Education Foundation and to the local branch of Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union for a staff lunch Monday.

Donations from Heather and Benjamin Rundquist and the Sertoma Club to special education, Doug Sperling for a trombone, Evan and Tanya Westra for a tenor saxophone, Melissa Reese, Stuart Schiesser and Jaime Anderson to the Otto Angel Account were also acknowledged.

In other business the board approved:

• The hiring of Lana Ouren as a part-time adult basic education instructor and the addition of 10 contract days for Kristin Tuel effective for the 2019-2020 school year.

• The resignations of Linnae Weinrich (special education paraprofessional) and Anna Rethwisch (computer lunch/cafeteria).

• The retirement of secretary Nancy Anderson, who began work in the district in 2015. Anderson’s last day of work will be Jan. 15, 2020.

• The hiring of Trista Hagen as part-time ECFE aide, Beau Matthys as special education paraprofessional at Kennedy and Rachel Venberg for non-public health services for the 2019-2020 school year to nonpublic schools.

• An additional FTE special education paraprofessional position and the hiring of Melissa Moore as special education paraprofessional.

• A facilities agreement for a walkway connection of the Fergus Falls Community Arena with the strength and performance center by and between the Fergus Falls Hockey Association, ISD 544, the city of Fergus Falls and the Fergus Falls Port Authority.

• 2019-20 assurance of compliance with state and federal law prohibiting discrimination.

The next meeting of the school board is set for Monday, Oct. 28 at 5:15 p.m. in the Otter Community Room.


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