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SCHS sets graduation for June 12

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By Todd Martin

After a meeting with students Thursday morning, Shelby County High School Principal Eddie Oakley said the school will hold graduation on June 12, at 7 p.m. at the Frankfort Civic Center.

“We sent E-mails to parents, did a one-call to let them know and then we talked to students this [Thursday] morning, and it was still about 50-50 [between June 8, and June 12],” he said.

“So in looking at Tuesday, we just thought it would be too much for parents and out-of-town guests trying to do their things in the middle of the week.

“And we had to think about Project Graduation, which is a fantastic event for the students. It would be tough for them to get volunteers to stay up all night and then have work the next day.”

The school was forced to move graduation back after the district missed nine school days this year because of snow and inclement weather. The Shelby County School Board voted last week to extend the end of the school year to June 8 to make up the missed days. Shelby County was originally scheduled to graduate on May 29, and then again on June 4 before missing more days in late February.

Oakley said he knows some will be upset.

“We know there are going to be problems no matter what day we pick for graduation, but we just felt that Saturday caused the least amount of problems,” he said. “But everybody has issues. We have kids that have college appointments, that are going into the service and some have vacations scheduled.

“It’s really an unfortunate situation that we’re in because of snow days.”