BRIGHAM CITY -- Box Elder School Board made changes to the district's travel policy last spring to balance the budget. Those changes will become effective policy Aug. 30.
The board clarified its stance on the policy so everyone in the district is treated the same way.
The district has limited school trips of more than 150 miles one way to four trips per year, with the exception of activities from Career and Technical Education, which has its own budget allowance, and the state athletic playoffs.
Board member Jim Fuller said, "This was one item we cut back on in order to save money. If we go back on it, we are going back on ourselves."
When asked if the schools could exceed the limit of four trips, Fuller said, "Right now this is a moot issue for budgetary reasons until the budgets get better."
Superintendent Ron Wolff recommended that no parent be allowed to drive students to activities that exceed the 150-mile radius based on safety and school district liability considerations.
The board agreed that if parents drive to St. George for a playoff game, the parents may drive their own children back home.
"But they can't bring their best friend," said board member Nancy Kennedy.
The board approved that multiple groups within a school or even between schools that travel together on one bus can count as one event, exceeding the school 150-mile radius policy.
Wolff not only agreed but felt this should be encouraged at all times.
The board also said it is not part of the policy to allow parents, booster clubs or other groups to pay the cost of transporting the students to have the event not count against the school's limit of four activities.
The board felt that this would shift the financial burden from the school to the parents or local businesses in addition to having the potential of certain groups being treated differently.