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Drama Guild trip rebuffed by school district

| Monday, May 14, 2012, 3:52 a.m.

Penn-Trafford Drama Guild Association may go on a trip to New York City this spring, but not with the endorsement of the school district.

District administrators and the school board Monday backed high school Principal Scott Inglese's decision not to sponsor the trip, which is scheduled during a weekend in May.

Superintendent Dr. Joseph Marasti told guild President Kathy Bowman last night that the district "is getting away from approving any trips that are not involved with the school day."

After the meeting, he said the district only wants to approve trips that are an "extension of the curriculum." The district's endorsement of travel during nonschool hours raises possible liability concerns for the principal and district, he added.

"You are free to go," Marasti told Bowman at the school board's regular meeting. "That's certainly your privilege to go," but not with the school district's backing.

"They wanted to go as a sponsored educational group," Bowman replied.

She indicated the lack of district sponsorship could hinder a teacher's ability to accompany those on the trip. Bowman said the group has been raising funds to pay for the trip.

Board President Nick Petrucci noted that the district has never sponsored out-of-state trips for athletic teams, believing such jaunts are "excessive."

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