While the original Jordan School Board voted unanimously to approve nine travel requests Tuesday night, the board president warned there could be a cutback on future requests due to the current difficult economic times.

The biggest concern is for out-of-state preseason competitions because those games do not count toward state tournament seeding.

"I know many of them have turned out to be positive experiences, but there are significant cost factors," said Board President J. Dale Christensen.

"My own personal philosophy is we need to be very sensitive to the

increased costs of travel ... and the impact on families," Christensen said. "I feel competitions can be found and utilized in our local area."

Christensen spoke prior to the board voting 6-0 to approve the requests. Board member Tracy Cowdell was absent.

Out of the nine requests, two are for out-of-state games.

The 100-member Alta football team is scheduled to play a game in Sacramento, Calif. The team is scheduled to travel by bus Sept. 18 to 21. Trip cost is $286.95 per student.

Twenty members of the Alta boys basketball team are slated to fly to a competition in San Antonio, Texas, from Dec. 28 to Jan. 2. Trip cost is $806.75 per student.

Christensen told the Deseret News after the meeting that he is worried that requests for out-of-state travel for preseason athletic competitions could be increasing.

"It appears there may be a growing trend," he said. "I think we need to respect the impact on family finances."

The board's approval is the first step in the travel process. Jordan School District policy also requires a vote by the parents of the students scheduled to travel. A minimum 85 percent approval is required, according to David Stoddard, Jordan district area executive director over the Riverton, Brighton K-12 feeder systems. Stoddard oversees the district's travel requests.

"This could still be stopped by parents," Stoddard said. "The parents have a voice."

The other seven preliminarily approved travel requests are: Alta High theater workshop, Cedar City in October for 20 students at $176.75 per student; Alta High dance workshop/performance in California in October for 40 students at $856.75 each; Copper Hills High School choir and band workshop in California in April for 100 students at $600 each; Jordan High School drama officers' leadership training at Utah's Moose Hollow in August for 16 students at $110 each; Jordan High Shakespeare workshop in Cedar City in October for 25 students at $252 each; Career and Technical Education leadership conference in Park City in October for 64 students at $93 each; Career and Technical Education leadership conference in Ogden in March for

160 students at $90 each.


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