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Some schools moving graduation dates

Area school districts are setting and moving graduation dates because of the snow days they’ve encountered this year.

Most eighth-grade graduations will be pushed back a week while high school dates will remain the same.

Morris Elementary School District 54’s board voted Tuesday night to change its graduation date.

“The end of the school year has been pushed back four days,” Superintendent Teri Shaw said. “The last day of school attendance for students is now June 4.”

With the last day of school moving into June, so does graduation for Shabbona Middle School. The new graduation date will be June 5.

“I can’t tell you the last time graduation went into June,” Shaw said.

Superintendent Pat Halloran with Morris Community High School District 101 said his district will keep the original date of May 23.

But Coal City Community Unit School District Unit 1 will have to change its middle school graduation date, Superintendent Kent Bugg said. It went from May 30 to June 5.

“We always schedule eighth-grade graduation as a tentative date,” Bugg said. “We only have high school as a set date.”

He said Coal City High School graduation will remain May 18 because high school seniors get out early.

“Due to other responsibilities and families who travel in for high school graduation, it never changes,” Bugg said.

Both Nettle Creek School District 24 and Saratoga School District 60c wait until spring to set eighth-grade graduation dates to see if they’ve utilized any snow days.

Donald McKinney, superintendent at Nettle Creek, said the district didn’t set the date of June 6 until the board’s February school board meeting.

“We typically don’t set it until later in the year,” he said.

Superintendent Kathy Perry at Saratoga said that district is looking at somewhere between June 2 to June 4, but won’t set a date until their March school board meeting.

Al Gegenheimer, superintendent of Minooka Community Consolidated School District 201 said he will be recommending at its next school board meeting to change the date to June 4 for the graduating eighth-graders.

“Originally it was the last week of May,” Gegenheimer said. “We’re going to have to move it back because we don’t want the kids to miss that many days of school.”

He said as soon as the board votes they will be sending out information to students.

Minooka Community High School District 111 will keep its original graduation date May 18, according to its website.

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