Charlottesville School Official Pulls Out Of Trip To Italy

November 6, 2007

Superintendent Rosa Atkins has decided that she will not be going on the planned trip to Charlottesville's sister city Poggio a Caiano in Italy.

The trip has caused concern for members of the school board and the city. Many have questioned whether using tax payer dollars to fund the trip was right.

In response to public pressure and media scrutiny, Charlottesville city councilor Kendra Hamilton decided Monday that she was not going to make the publicly funded trip to Italy this week.

"We have a lot to talk about and discuss. It's a great opportunity for our students. We just want to make sure everyone is on board" said Atkins.

Mayor David Brown and two other school officials are still planning on making the trip. One school board member, Chairman Alvin Edwards says he will pay for his part of the trip.

Assistant superintendent Gertrude Ivory will also be going. Atkins says Ivory's trip is being funded by an anonymous donor.

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