This time of the year schools are planning their annual 8th grade trips.

While planning this trip for the children, Watauga County Schools are increasing the cost for parents so the school system can save some money. In order for our children to attend their 8th grade trip parents must foot the bill for the teachers that are planning to go on this trip.

What that means is Watauga County schools are expecting parents to pay for substitutes while teachers are off having fun on our students 8th grade trip and their parents hard-earned money. Parents are required to pay for the substitutes for the teachers, while the teachers attend this trip.

This year, the 8th grade trip includes a trip to Dollywood, Greensboro Science Center and the Biltmore house. The cost of the trip for the students is $565, while buying tickets online this cost $115.00.

I understand that the cost includes meals and transportation, but most the children are able to spend are $15 for these meals ... the rest of the cost goes toward charter transportation and to pay substitutes for the school system.

Watauga County Schools needs to step up and pay their own cost for teachers or substitutes.

Mandy Edwards


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