Dance camp transportation misunderstanding

Reported by Max Winitz - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The South Brunswick High School dance team had one last rehearsal Wednesday in preparation for a camp and competition at Wake Forest University.

Up until late Wednesday afternoon, there was a chance the 17 girls wouldn't be attending the camp, because they were told they would have to pay to use a county school bus for the trip.

A county school bus would have cost the girls $1,200.

Sheryl Haman said her daughter's team had never been charged in the past for transportation to the camp.

"I couldn't believe it," said Haman.  "We spent so much money on the camp itself and costumes and camp wear."

Members of the dance team couldn't believe it either.

"We were really nervous," said Brittany Harrelson.  "We didn't know how we were going to get up there.  Very few of our teammates have their license.  Some parents aren't comfortable with their kids driving with teenagers going that far."

Deanne Meadows, a coordinator for Brunswick County schools, said the whole situation is a misunderstanding and there was never any intention to charge the students to travel.

"I think that due to phone calls and your research and the numerous parents that felt bad against this, it all came together for some reason - and I'm glad it did," said Haman.

North Brunswick and West Brunswick High Schools will also be attending the camp.

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