To The Daily Sun,
Tuesday night, senior class presidents of the Inter-Lakes High School Class of 2016, along with other students and parents, petitioned the School Board to allow a change in venue for their June graduation.
Currently, graduation is held on a grass field in the back of Prescott Park, under a tent with no scheduled rain date. The primary reason for not changing the venue to the high school campus — specifically on the turf football field — put forward by the school principal is the fact that there would be no tent, but instead a need for a rain date. The tent would be cost-prohibitive on the turf field, but the school would also save over $5,000 annually by not having to rent a tent.
There is no perfect solution, however, having rain dates are a good option either way since there is no perfect indoor solution. (If the gym were to be used, students would be limited to about five guests each). Currently, the tent on Prescott Park is not ideal either, as last year rain caused the grass to be too wet for the graduation march. The parking lot is also dirt and the field has limited restroom facilities and accessibility. A large rain storm or weather event would also make the tent option unpleasant and unsafe.
Scheduling rain dates for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday morning with the ability to confirm the date on Wednesday prior would allow the best chance for a memorable event. The students and parents of not only the senior class but younger grades as well are overwhelmingly in favor of a change in venue to improve the aesthetics, accessibility, emotional tug, in addition to a reduction in cost.
If you are a Meredith, Center Harbor, or Sandwich resident, taxpayer, student or alumni please consider reading and signing the student's petition located at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/ilhs-graduation-on-turf-field.
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