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Waubun art students to see Europe

Students from Waubun High School will get a chance to tour historic sites in Italy and Greece if all goes well with fundraising.

The Waubun-Ogema-White Earth School Board approved the trip and the use of school facilities to help with fundraising as part of its meeting Thursday night.

Art teacher Nadine Walker will accompany the students on the art trip.

A couple of students are planning on going, with several others interested. Several parents are planning on coming along to serve as chaperones.

"There will be more than enough chaperones should the number of students increase," said Superintendent Mitch Anderson.

The deadline for students to commit is March 6.

Walker plans on a variety of fundraising options for the students.

"She's talked to me about going to regional businesses asking for dollars to support the kids," Anderson said.

School funds would not go towards the trip.

In other action, the board:

• Discussed a cooperative agreement with the Mahnomen district for combining several spring sports.

Baseball, softball, and boys' and girls' golf would be combined.

"Since we have all the equipment for baseball and softball, Mahnomen would purchase the uniforms," said Athletic Director Dave Peterson.

Practice for baseball and softball would be in Waubun.

• Approved buying upgraded HVAC controls software at a cost of $7,430 from Johnson Controls.

Anderson said that the upgrade is a bargain right now, because the cost of upgrading will rise to more than $18,000 if the district waits.