November 23, 2012 | 197 views
Central graduation likely on the move
For years, each of Valley Stream’s three high schools have hosted graduation ceremonies on the same day and at the same time, with hundreds of students completing the final chapter in their grade school careers. But for the Central High School class of 2013, graduation will most likely have a change date, time and scenery.
The Valley Stream Central High School District Board of Education voted unanimously in favor of pursuing to move Central’s graduation to an off-site facility at it’s meeting on Nov. 13. Central Principal Dr. Joseph Pompilio discussed the possibility of moving the ceremony with students and parents earlier this year, and he said the response was overwhelmingly in favor of it. Similar studies were conducted at North and South high schools, but the response was in favor of keeping the ceremonies at those respective schools.
“It’s somewhat different at North and South where as a 12-year-old you enter a building and you become very much attached to it,” said Superintendent Dr. Bill Heidenreich. “Not to say that Central and Memorial students aren’t attached to their respective school, but it’s different because they walk across the street and they’re not in the school that they’ve been in for the past three years.”
Rain has forced graduation ceremonies to be held indoors for the last two years, making conditions stressful and confining, Pompilio said. If there is inclement weather, graduation for Central is held in nearby Memorial’s gymnasium. “You wake up, unlike North and South, and you don’t know where your graduation is,” he said.
Both North and South have the capacity to hold its graduation ceremonies indoors, while Central does not. Last year, approximately 220 students graduated from North and South, and 350 Central students received diplomas — at Memorial.
Tom Troisi, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, conducted a study earlier in the school year to determine the potential cost of moving graduation to an off-site facility like the Hofstra University Arena or the Tilles Center at C.W. Post. It was concluded that having the graduation off-site or on-site is cost neutral.