Schools Cutting Back on Field Trips

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

Teachers say field trips are important for students to get hands on learning outside the classroom, but cutbacks in schools are making the trips more difficult. Officials at a popular destination for schools who say the cut back trips are hurting their facility.

Many school officials say tight budgets are keeping their busses close to home.

Bryan Auxier, principal at Paintsville Elementary says, "We've definitely made some cuts. We haven't gone as far this year and we've limited the number we take out of town."

Officials with the East Kentucky Science center say it's a similar story from most schools. Linda Lyon with the Science Center and Big Sandy Community and Technical College says schools are cutting back on the number of trips, and those travelling a long distance have cut out trips to the center all together.

"Not very many schools from far away, and I put that down to the gas prices. Gas prices made an immediate impact on the science center," says Lyon.

She says field trips bring in a lot of money for the Science Center, and without those funds, they have fewer exhibits to offer.

"The students suffer when the economy is in the shape that it's in, because this center was developed to help broaden the experiences in science for the students in this area," says Lyon.

Paintsville officials hope to take more trips soon, but say next year's budget is unclear.

"Fuel prices have gone down, but the state is talking about cutting some of the funding to the school system so we may have to keep the limitations in place to deal with that," says Auxier.

He says he plans to continue trips to the science center because it is close by, even though most other trips are cut. Officials with the science center say some schools received grants to pay for certain field trips, and they are seeing a small increase in scheduling for the spring.


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  • by kid Location: NY on Nov 14, 2011 at 03:23 PM
    trips r soooooooooooo awesome! it keeps me awake 4 the rest of the day. it makes sense to me if we get many field trips. True, they cost money,& with the budget these days, not everyone can afford it but i think it will expand our knowledge.......
  • by me Location: rite here on Jan 31, 2009 at 11:35 PM
    they need to cut thier trips you cant trust a teacher with your child
  • by Parent Location: Pikeville, KY on Jan 19, 2009 at 03:44 PM
    I don't know where you get the school pays for these field trips. I know as a parent of two. The parent pays for the field trips. As stated on the notes from school, the cost is itemized, so much for the bus driver & gas, food & etc. Or the money has been fund raised. I think you need to get the facts straight.
  • by Annoyed Location: Kentucky on Jan 19, 2009 at 01:14 PM
    Obviously a lot of the people who post comments here know nothing about the school systems. I agree that there is some useless spending but ball games (as stated previously) are paid for by Booster Club money. Also, when those kids eat at Pizza Hut, McDonald's or wherever, the school does NOT pay for that. The kids pay for those things themselves. I think field trips are important for many reasons and yes, William science IS required to learn to be a nurse. A large amount of science actually so your entire comment contradicts itself. Hopefully, those of you who are speaking without any knowledge will just keep quiet and allow your kids to get more of an education than you have. Teachers really do spend a lot of their own money to do extra things for their classes. Volunteer to observe a class or assist a teacher in your community and witness firsthand the miracle of teaching. Or get a teaching degree and THEN come back and tell us that teachers should take a pay cut!!
  • by Aggie Location: KY on Jan 19, 2009 at 10:23 AM
    Someone tell me why we can't go back to the way we used to raise money for field trips and such. When I was in school, we had bake sales, car washes, etc., to raise money for a specific field trip. Why can't the students do that now? I have two children in the school system and all they do now is send a note home for the parent to write a check. We never did that when I was in school. The parents would help with making things to sell, supervising activities, things like that. They were not expected to send money for everything. We worked to raise our money. What is wrong with doing that now?
  • by patricia Location: prestonsburg ky on Jan 19, 2009 at 07:56 AM
    I think field trips are as important as the next person and would be devastated if they were taken away from children.And the boosters do pay for the bus driver and the fuel per ballgame for junior high and high school studends there is no money taken from school funds for sports trips,The boosters club raised all that money.So if you dont have a boosters club at your school maybe you should start one.
  • by Jack Location: Pike County on Jan 19, 2009 at 07:48 AM
    OK so they're cutting back on field trips, but I bet they won't cut back on any ball games. Of course field trips would benefit ALL the students and we sure couldn't have that, somebody might graduate high school and not think that UK basketball is all there is in the world.
  • by Maggie Location: Harlan on Jan 19, 2009 at 06:57 AM
    I have elementary, middle, and high school granchildren. I have tried to participate in field trips for each of them. I think it is wise for parent or granparent to try to go with them on field trips when one can. Many children never get to see and do things as some of the fortunate kids do. I feel that field trips are not only educational, but will enable these children socially as well. One of my grandaughters had a field trip to Johnson City to Disney on Ice and I followed along and took care of three other children. One of the little boys I had in my group had never been out of his county. His parents were unemployed and didn't even have a car. The teacher gave this child and others who had no spending money for extras, money enough to buy some of the balloons that were sold. I also put in money to make sure all the class had a disney character balloon. My opinion is give the teachers more pay and lets find a way to sponsor these field trips. Go along when possible.
  • by wanda Location: tyner on Jan 19, 2009 at 06:24 AM
    this is from the heart ,the little kids work thier little hearts out selling stuff for the school, what do they get out of it ,if they go on a trip the parents still got to pay for just about every thing ,thier ball clothes was going to be payed for but the parents had to buy the shoes,pants,socks just about everything ,if the kids work so hard to help buy the stuff they need and to pay for thier trips and ball games ,why dont they get the use out of it,i dont no where it goes,little chirlden dont go to school just to be pretty ,they go to learn how to make it in this old world ,when thiers are gone ,pray for the schools
  • by Mom of 3 Location: Pike Co on Jan 18, 2009 at 08:22 PM
    Well I'm not sure about high school but in jr high my stepson played and as far as the bus that took the boys, the booster club paid for we paid the driver each time and to my understanding it wasn't just for his time it was also for fuel. I think they should be field trips, children learn alot from them and they are excited to go and on each trip each of my children has went they are a note always asking for money to help pay the bus driver and fuel. So I myself wonder why the cut backs cause to me we the parents are paying for the field trip!!!
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