MEREDITH — In what could become nearly an annual event nearly as regular as graduation itself the senior class at Inter-Lakes High School this week again petitioned the School Board to move the ceremony from Prescott Park to the gridiron at the school.
As of yesterday, the online petition had gathered 180 signatories, including about 90 percent of the class of 2016.
"Would you rather be under a tent with your feet in the mud at Prescott Park," asked Mark Billings, who chairs the School Board, "or sitting in the sunshine on the artificial turf field at the high school?"
The petitioners noted the shortcomings of the parking lot, particularly during or after a rain, and restroom facilities, which are inadequate and inconvenient, at Prescott Park . But, above all they stressed that the field, where "championships were won and individual accomplishments were achieved," holds "an abundance of great memories." Moreover, the field lies between the two schools where many graduates spent most of their young lives.
Billings said the board has two concerns about changing the venue: the risks of damaging the artificial turf and of running afoul of inclement weather. He said that the field was laid at significant expense nine years ago with expectation that it would last at least 15 years. He said that to spare the artificial turf, the cost of raising a tent is prohibitive. In the event of rain, the ceremony would have to be moved indoors, but the capacity of the gymnasium is limited. He allowed that the ceremony could be scheduled for Friday with the following Saturday or Sunday as rain dates.
"I fully understand the reasons for the students' request and the passion with which they have pursued it," Billings said. He anticipated that the board will address the request and make its decision when it meets on April 12.
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