More Schools Having Travel Trouble with Closed Travel Agency

By Dave Franzman, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Missing travel dollars blamed on a closed travel agency are now upsetting plans at more eastern Iowa schools.

Integrity Travel of Cedar Rapids is accused of taking more than $100,000 in prepaid travel expenses meant for a Davenport High School choir and orchestra trip. Center Point-Urbana school administrators have also confirmed that district may be out nearly $10,000 in prepaid money for a bus trip to Minnesota.

Now you can add Dubuque Public Schools to the list with travel troubles.

Dubuque Superintendent Stan Rheingans confirmed that Integrity Travel was paid approximately $30,000 for a trip to New York City. Forty-one students were paying $850 apiece to go on the trip booked through the travel agency. The superintendent said a lawyer for the travel agency said that company had ceased operations. The district is now investigating legal options.

Dubuque families with students planning on the trip are invited to a meeting Wednesday, May 15th at 7:30 p.m. at Hempstead to discuss options.
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