ONLINE EXCLUSIVE - Monroeville ski trip on as scheduled; Parents warned about risks

MONROEVILLE - Senior Class Advisor Ben Paul said school officials will not approach this year's ski trip differently in the wake of a student's death last year. This year's trip is scheduled for March 5 through 7 at a resort in Seven Springs, Pa. During last March's trip to a Peek 'n Peak Resort & Conference Center in Findley Lake, N.Y. Greg Jacobs died from blunt force trauma to the head after falling on one of the resort's most difficult slopes. He was not wearing a helmet.
Aaron Krause
Jul 25, 2010

MONROEVILLE - Senior Class Advisor Ben Paul said school officials will not approach this year's ski trip differently in the wake of a student's death last year.

This year's trip is scheduled for March 5 through 7 at a resort in Seven Springs, Pa.

During last March's trip to a Peek 'n Peak Resort & Conference Center in Findley Lake, N.Y. Greg Jacobs died from blunt force trauma to the head after falling on one of the resort's most difficult slopes. He was not wearing a helmet.

Paul said the fall was a tragic accident. Still, Paul said he informed parents during a pre-trip meeting that skiing can be a dangerous sport, and students must exercise caution.

"I was very specific with parents," he said, adding a permission slip also details the risks.

Paul said if students are discovered trying something beyond their ability, they will be sent home.

While students do not have to wear a helmet, they are available for rent from the ski resort for $10 a day.

Paul, as well as six chaperones, will be accompanying more than 40 students to the resort.

Paul said he did not consider other options for the seniors' trip as school schedules limit the options, he said.

This year will mark the fifth Monroeville's seniors will have traveled to a ski resort. In that time, there were no other incidents, Paul said.

Paul, when asked why this year's class isn't going to Peek 'n Peak, said there are more activities at the Seven Springs resort.

In other news from Monday's board meeting, Elementary principal Bob Butler said students will be attending a musical in Lorain called "The Brand New Kid."

The play at Lorain County Community College centers on a second-grader who is new to a school. Because he is different, the other children shun him except a for a girl, who tries to convince the others to befriend him.

Butler said he thinks the play is appropriate at this time as Monroeville Elementary has two new students from New York.

In other business:

Superintendent Carol Girton announced the seventh annual "Monroeville On Display." It will feature student performances of "The Wizard of Oz" and a spaghetti and meatballs dinner from 5 to 6:45 p.m. April 24. Performances will take place at 7 p.m. April 24, 25 and 26.

Tickets are $5 presale and $6 at the door. For tickets, call (419) 565-2610.

After school on Wednesday, students and faculty will "send off" Monroeville wrestlers Logan and Hunter Stieber, Cam Tessari and Chris Phillips. The four will compete at this week's state tournament in Columbus. "It's very exciting," Paul said. "We've never sent that many wrestlers to state before."

Monroeville Jr. High/High principal David Stubblebine announced the FFA banquet will take place 6 p.m.. March 18, and the MCAL reverse raffle will take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the fairgrounds.