RPS Eyes End to Non-Educational Field Trips

Posted at: 07/30/2013 5:22 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- There are some changes coming to the Rochester school district. One of those, may not sit too well with some of the middle school students.

Eleven-year-old Madison Ziegler has been enjoying her summer vacation.

"I've been finishing up baseball, I just got done with my tournament, she said. But she is excited to get back to school because this year, she is going to be in middle school.

"I like changing classes, like going from class to class," said Ziegler.

Something else that comes with middle school, fun field trips. Most notably, the end-of-year trip to Valleyfair.

"That'd be awesome. Like you get to go to a really fun place and actually it have something to do with school," said Ziegler.

Madison may not get to take that trip. As part of a possible change in policy, fun, non-educational field trips could soon be gone.

"We really wanted to make sure that our field trips are connected to what we're doing in the classroom. And those that aren't connected to what we're teaching will probably end up going away," said Superintendant Michael Munoz.He says the change has nothing to do with the budget. During a study session Monday night, the school board said that these trips don't fit the mission of the Rochester Public Schools.

"We really felt that it's important to really start looking at the time that we have to educate kids is so important and we really need to make sure that we really use every minute that we have to educate children," said Munoz.

And while there may be good reason, kids like Madison say:

"I wish they would have done it differently, so we could do something fun."

The field-trip change is not official yet. It still has to be voted on by the school board. That won't happen for at least thirty days.