CALUMET CITY | It appears it could be so-long Springfield and hello Six Flags next month for eighth-graders at Wentworth Junior High School.
It has been tradition for years at the school that eighth-grade students take a field trip to the state Capitol.
"This year, due to unforeseen circumstances, we were not able to make that trip," Principal Ermetra Olawumi said.
She presented the Calumet City Elementary District 155 School Board on Thursday with the Gurnee amusement park option.
Olawumi said there was some difficulty in arranging the bus transportation to Springfield.
Last year, the board was asked to consider if the school should continue the annual field trip to the Capitol. The high cost involved per student and a bus having broken down last year were cited as reasons for reconsideration at the time.
Olawumi said students have already paid in anticipation of going to Springfield, and that she needed to find a place in a short amount of time that can handle a group of 122 people, including 110 students and 12 adults.
"It's not a typical trip that we normally do, but because of the later date, really that's all that we can get together," Olawumi said.
All four present School Board members voted in approval of the new field trip idea.
"Even though it's not an educational trip, I'm all for the eighth-graders to get a trip," Board President Stan Long said.
Three Wentworth Junior High School teachers attended the board meeting to support the proposed idea.
Annette Kebr, an eighth-grade math teacher, said the trip could be turned into an educational one.
"Where I student-taught, we did math and science day at Six Flags," Kebr said. "They sent the school the information and the math and science teachers did different activities in the class. And then they had packets that they had to take to Six Flags."