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Proposal to revive Old Town field trip program

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A plan to revive student field trips to Old Town State Historic Park is scheduled to be considered Tuesday night by the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education.

Old Town visits were a staple of the fourth-grade curriculum for four decades. Students learned about the history of San Diego and other cultures during the field trips, which were part of an integrated program of off-campus activities called "OCILE" designed to familiarize students with youths from other backgrounds. OCILE fell victim to budget cuts at the end of the 2010-11 school year, according to the SDUSD.

Under the plan that will be brought before the board, money raised at an annual golf tournament would pay for student transportation on buses beginning in the next school year. A pilot program is currently underway, involving Holmes and Wegeforth elementary schools.

The golf tournament, set for March 18 at the Salt Creek Golf Club in Chula Vista, would be hosted by the Old Town Chamber of Commerce.

The trustees are also scheduled to consider a resolution to bring the ending balance and reserves to 2008 levels to preserve financial stability for the district, along with a proposed strategy for implementing voter-approved Proposition Z construction projects.

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