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Mentor Public Schools to reimburse parents after Discovery Tours canceled D.C. trip

Posted at 7:02 AM, May 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-09 07:59:06-04

After Discovery Tours canceled a D.C. trip for 500 Mentor school students, leaving their parents out of hundreds of dollars—$455 to be exact— the superintendent of the Mentor Public School District announced parents would be reimbursed.

In a letter to parents sent out Tuesday night, Interim Superintendent Bill Porter said the Mentor Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution to authorize the school district to reimburse the parents and guardians for any unrecovered funds paid to Discovery Tours.

Parents will need to go through the treasurer's office to obtain a reimbursement. The procedure to do so is being developed and will be communicated further when its finalized, the letter states.

Discovery Tours told Mentor Public Schools it had to cancel the trip because the company was unable to receive final confirmation for the hotel rooms. The school district said it contacted the hotel itself to get more information.

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Discovery Tours also canceled trips for countless other school districts across Ohio. The company either did not pay or only partially paid for hotel rooms, buses and activities for these trips.

On Monday, the company filed for bankruptcy, but it's still unclear what went wrong for a company who made millions of dollars in revenue in the last few years. 

After canceling the trip, the offices at Discovery Tours were emptied out and the owners have been impossible to track down for answers.