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Juneau school board votes to ban middle school athletics travel

Posted: September 10, 2013 - 8:59pm

Starting next school year, middle school sports trips will officially be a thing of the past.

The Juneau School District Board of Education voted 4-3 in favor of a change to the current policy which allowed individual schools to decide on allowing trips.

Now, teams will not be allowed to travel for competition even if trips are wholly paid for by fundraising.

Board members voted to approve the change in front of more than 100 opponents to the measure. Those voting for the change said the decision was based on prioritizing resources and providing equal opportunities for students.

No non-board members spoke in favor of the change.

• Contact reporter Matt Woolbright at matthew.woolbright@juneauempire.com or at 523-2243.

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