Central graduation likely on the move
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Heidenreich cited chair rentals and custodial overtime as expenses that wouldn’t be needed if the event changed locations. Instead, the district would simply have to rent the space. Also, Pompilio noted, an off-site location would mean unlimited seating, where as at Memorial, students are limited to three tickets each.
Isha Walia will be graduating from Central in June and is class president. She said there are many students on each side of this decision, but she firmly believes that graduation should remain at Central.
“Graduating anywhere else is basically just irrelevant,” she said. “We’re graduating from Central, so we should literally do that. Besides, nothing beats graduating at your own school. It’s more personal.”
Walia said she and her classmates would lose the intimacy if they graduated elsewhere, but added there would be potential to start a new tradition at an off-site facility, plus there would be air conditioning and more space.
“I think it’s a very positive thing for Central because graduation is extremely important in the lives of parents and kids,” Pompilio said, “and you want to make it the best possible location for them.”
Following the board meeting on Nov. 13, district administrators began reaching out to nearby venues to check on availability, and plan on having a date picked soon. “If we are going to book a date and time it has to happen quickly,” Heidenreich said, noting that many schools have already booked their graduation venues.
When a decision is reached by district administration, it will go back to the board for approval since the district would be entering into a contract with the venue operator, Heidenreich said.