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Movement on MOSI exhibit



Frustration has turned to near elation for Bill Tingley.

Two weeks ago, the MOSI trustee complained to the Pasco School Board about his inability to get a commitment from the district to send students to the museum's drug education exhibit. He said he had been trying for months.

Board members criticized. Administrators said they'd been working on a plan, but that they couldn't force schools to take the field trip.

Now, they've all come to a happy place.

Tingley told the Gradebook via e-mail that since his appearance, the County Commission has agreed to pass a resolution supporting MOSI's concern for Pasco students to be educated about the risks of drugs. The school district has set meetings to discuss curriculum and transportation issues with museum officials.

And a fund raising effort to collect entry fees and cover bus costs for Pasco students got under way, with a big initial contribution.

"We found out on Friday afternoon that the Mitchell family has pledged $15,000 to transport as many students as possible from Mitchell High School to the exhibit," Tingley wrote. "I have made contact with several business’ in the Dade City area and they have all committed to contribute to the transportation fund."

Such concerted action is making a difference at MOSI, too, he added.

"Based on the efforts in Pasco County, the DEA has extended the exhibit time at MOSI through December, 2012," he wrote. "This will help make up for three of the months we lost by starting so late."

[Last modified: Friday, March 2, 2012 1:22pm]


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