The Athens Area School District's Future Farmers of America chapter will again send students to the organization's national convention this year.

Six students will leave for the Indianapolis convention Oct. 24 and return Oct. 27. While there, students will be able to visit college representatives, major agricultural companies and environmental agencies and participate in workshops, adviser David Steinfelt told the district's board of education, which voted Tuesday to approve the trip.

This year, students will attend a rodeo and concert and visit a buffalo farm and a diesel engine testing facility, said student Emily Teeter. Last year, students visited a dairy farm and tractor factory.

The chapter is also preparing for its annual fruit sale, the FFA's major fundraiser, said FFA member Sam Burnett during a presentation on the club's activities. The Athens chapter's dairy cattle evaluation team also recently placed third in regional competition, he said.

Around 170 students are involved in FFA at Athens Area High School this year, over double last year's enrollment. "There's a lot of involvement and a lot of kids," Steinfelt said.

Information technology director Clint Nichols also debuted the district's redesigned website to the board Tuesday. The website is expected to go live Wednesday, he said.

The site includes teacher pages that allow teachers to upload schedules, documents and other materials, Nichols said. Each building has a designated person responsible for controlling the content on the site, said superintendent Diane Place.

The board also approved a senior class trip to Tennessee in April and thanked the Athens Township Police Benevolent Association for a $500 donation toward a new scoreboard for the high school softball field. The field and facilities are being upgraded in advance of the spring softball season, Place said.

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