The Cheektowaga Central School District has established guidelines and destinations for field trips.
The School Board approved the new guidelines on Monday night after a Cheektowaga Central committee for two years studied what educational excursions pupils could take with limited district funds.
The new field-trip guidelines, set for kindergarten through eighth grades, ensure all children eventually experience the same field trips, said Superintendent Leslie B. Lewis.
"This looks fine to me," said Trustee Richard Jachimiak, referring to the list of destinations. "I can endorse it."
Under the new guidelines, kindergarten pupils would take a field trip to a farm; first-graders, the Buffalo Zoo; second-graders, Buffalo Niagara International Airport, a planetarium or art gallery; third-graders, a nature preserve tour; fourth-graders, local historical sites; fifth-graders, a one-day trip to Toronto; sixth-graders, Niagara Falls and an outdoor educational trip; seventh-graders, local sites such as the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens or Tifft Farm nature preserve; eighth-graders, the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society or Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
The list is for this school year, but probably won't change much in future years, school officials said.
All grades also would see a live concert or performance either within or outside the district. Meanwhile, for special excursions, such as the fifth-grade Toronto trip, parents or fund raisers may be needed to help supplement costs.
The new field-trip plan doesn't apply to high school students because most high school trips are organized and funded by school clubs, said Delia Bonenberger, the district's director of learning and technology, who helped put together the plan.
Pine Hill Primary Center will receive $2,000 for field trips this year; Union East Elementary, $4,500; and the junior-senior high school, $2,800.