DELPHOS — The 28 seniors from Delphos Jefferson that paid for their senior trip to New York City can contact the administration office for a refund, according to Treasurer Brad Rostorfer. Parents can call 419-692-2509 to secure details of the refund.
The senior trip, which cost $650 per senior, was cut short when the charter bus carrying the seniors and three chaperones left the roadway, struck a light post and crashed down a 40-foot embankment while traveling through Pennsylvania on May 21. Six passengers reported minor injuries. All of the passengers were transported to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania for treatment and clearance. The senior trip was cancelled and all passengers returned home. The driver of the charter bus, Gordon R. Ooten of Defiance, was cited for failing to drive within a single lane.
“Any portion of that [fee] they paid directly, they are getting refunded because all of the vendors are issuing us refunds,” said Rostorfer. “They were very nice because many of these things said right on there that there would be no refunds, but when we called to explain to them that we would not be going there, all of them were very nice to say they were sending us refunds. We’re going to get the amount that the kids paid back to them.”
The series of unfortunate events continued for the seniors, however, after they returned home. Their luggage was returned to Delphos Jefferson High School on May 23. At that time, students noticed items missing from their luggage. Money was gone as well as headphones, blankets, lotions and bras.
“Mr. Brinkman said that he is making contact with those kids (with items missing) to connect them with the Pennsylvania Highway Patrol who is investigating the theft from the luggage,” said Rostorfer.
Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.