ELYRIA — Schools in Oberlin and Elyria are looking into their own travel plans after a tour company they use for class trips canceled a trip for Mentor Schools.
The Mayfield Heights-based tour company Discovery Tours canceled a Washington, D.C., trip for 511 Mentor eighth-graders.
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School officials shared a letter sent to parents with WEWS-Channel 5 about the company failing to confirm reservations for hotel rooms.
“We were told by hotel management that, under advice from the hotel’s legal counsel, all they could disclose to us is: Discovery Tours was unable to meet the contractual obligations,” Mentor Schools Superintendent Bill Porter said in the letter.
Amy Higgins, communications and marketing director for Elyria Schools, said Northwood Middle School has a D.C. trip scheduled for late May. Higgins said the school has worked with the company for years and has heard nothing about the company changing plans for the trip. Higgins also added the school has no plans to stay at the same hotel that was to be used by Mentor Schools.
The district’s other middle schools work with different travel companies, she said.
Oberlin Schools Superintendent David Hall said his district also has a May trip planned for Langston Middle School’s eighth-graders through Discovery Tours. Hall said the district is “trying to work with the company to resolve the issue for this school year” via text message.
The tour company describes itself as “a family-owned and operated travel business that has provided extraordinary service to school groups since 1972,” according to the company’s website.