To the Editor:
Last week, Troy City School officials were informed a travel agency responsible for coordinating a trip to Washington, D.C. for a group of sixth grade students had suspended operations and had not paid deposits for rooms, transportation or accommodations.
Obviously, this was devastating news for the parents and children who, in good faith, paid for their participation. Unfortunately, today some individuals immediately make statements, without knowing all the facts, placing blame or suggesting alternative solutions without understanding the magnitude of the challenge. For some, an apology might be in order.
As a member of the Troy City Board of Education, I want to publicly express my appreciation for the tireless efforts of our administrative leaders. Mr. Eric Herman, Jeff Price and Matt Siefring have worked tirelessly throughout the weekend exploring options. Worldstrides, a nationally recognized accredited travel agency, has offered to sponsor the trip for our students. Their only request is, any money collected through donations or refunds received by parents from the earlier deposits be forwarded to them to offset the cost associated with providing these travel services.
I am asking everyone in the Troy City School district to acknowledge this very generous offer, by Worldstrides, by donating to offset the financial commitment this travel agency has made for the benefit of our students. Donations can be dropped off or sent to; Troy Board of Education, 500 N. Market St., Troy, OH 45373. Make checks payable to Troy City Schools and write “DC Trip 2018” in the memo.
This is our moment to show what a special place Troy is to live and to work. Your generous contributions would be greatly appreciated. Let’s show Worldstrides that their financial support of our students is appreciated.
— Doug Trostle, president
Troy Board of Education