LACONIA — Backed by a small contingent of fellow high school seniors, senior class president Alana Persson made a plea to the School Board and the administration to hold graduation on June 6.
Students had been under the impression that high school graduation was going to be held on June 6 but recently learned that may not be the case because of the number of snow days.
"We have come together as a class to talk about this," Persson said.
Board member Stacie Sirois said this was her first year with a senior in high school and she understood that administrative staff had reported to students that graduation would be held on June 6.
The School Board adopted the June 6 date recommended by Superintendent Terri Forsten with the caveat that 80-percent of the seniors attend a community service day the Saturday before graduation.
Forsten said the date of high school graduation is never set in the beginning of the school calender year but is usually set by the board at either a March or April meeting.
She said they had a tentative last day of school but because of the unknowns of the year – like snow days – the district can't make its final decision until it knows how many days it will need to compensate.
Forsten said in seven of the last eight years the high school graduation has been held on the second Saturday of the month.
She said Laconia's Annual Motorcycle Week is set to begin on June 13 and that too is a contributing factor.
The board also set June 16 as the last day of school for students while the last day for staff is June 17.
The senior Saturday Community Day is May 30, the elementary schools ceremonies are on June 11, and the middle school ceremonies are on June 15.
Sirois also wanted to know what the fall-back location for graduation would be if the weather is poor and it can't be held on the football field. She noted that the SATs are being held in the Middle School at the same time as graduation.
Forsten said they would work it out and if needed could move the graduation to the gymnasium in the high school or to a place where there is not testing at the Middle School.