Chambersburg seniors to vote on graduation

April 28, 2005|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg School Board's Buildings and Grounds Committee Wednesday night gave its blessing to a plan to allow high school seniors to vote on the venue of their Tuesday, June 7, graduation.

The students will be offered the choice of having graduation on the field of Trojan Stadium or in Heiges Field House at Shippensburg (Pa.) University. In either case, seniors would have five tickets to give to family and friends, Principal Barry Purvis said.

Holding it at Trojan Stadium, however, means there must be an alternate plan in case of rain. In that case, Purvis said the ceremonies will be moved indoors to the newly air-conditioned gymnasium, but seniors only would have three tickets for family to sit in the gym, with the other two for the school auditorium.

According to the plan, if the seniors vote for graduation on the field, there will be a stage at one end and seating for about 3,000 spectators at ground level.


Purvis said he had spoken with university officials, and an outdoor ceremony at its football stadium was not an option.

"I'm fine with it," Buildings and Grounds Chairman Thomas Orndorf said of the plan.

Purvis said the seniors will vote on the plan Wednesday morning.

The district closed the grandstands of the 50-year-old high school stadium last month for safety reasons. The Buildings and Grounds Committee on Wednesday endorsed a plan to repair the visitors bleachers and remove the home grandstands until a decision is made on the future of the facility.

Several dozen students walked out of classes last Thursday to protest their desire to hold the ceremony in Trojan Stadium.

On Tuesday, high school officials met with 18 representatives from the senior class to discuss graduation options. Purvis said the students were evenly divided then between holding graduation at the high school or Shippensburg.

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