Ramsey May Move Graduation Back to Original Date
Parents presented a petition to the Board of Education Tuesday night in an effort to reverse a decision that moved the 2013 graduation from June 21 to June 28
Superstorm Sandy may have knocked out power for 11 days, caused damage to many Ramsey homes and canceled school in the borough for over a week, but a group of about 25 parents made one thing clear at a Board of Education meeting Tuesday night – they do not want the storm to delay graduation for the Class of 2013.
The group presented the board with a petition signed by 50 people asking it to reconsider a decision last month that extended the school year through the end of June in an effort to make up for days lost during Hurricane Sandy.
The Board said it would consider another end-of-year schedule change to move the graduation date back, but not without first determining if the switch would negatively affect the school's finals schedule.
Parents argued that the change would allow all Ramsey High School seniors to participate in graduation exercises.
“We want the graduation date changed,” Lisa Argenio, the parent of an RHS senior who presented the petition to the board Tuesday, said. “We just feel there were a lot of things…like family trips, graduation travel…and other things that were not taken into consideration when the change was made.”
Argenio and about 10 other parents told the board stories of seniors who may not be able to walk at graduation if the June 28 date remains.
The board and interim Superintendent Bruce DeYoung said they would consider moving the high school graduation date, and Smith School 8th grade promotion ceremony, back to their originally scheduled dates, but said logistics would need to be worked out before making the switch.
Though parents argued for it, the district is not considering taking the days from April break, he said. Rather, it may rearrange the schedule at the end of the year to accommodate seniors who would not be able to go to the June 28 ceremony.
DeYoung said he would look into the possibility of rescheduling high school graduation back to June 21 and the 8th grade ceremony back to June 24, but having all other grades stay in school until the June 28 close date.
“I need to discuss this with the high school administration,” he said, to determine whether or not the finals schedule could be adjusted to accommodate for the switch back.
The board is expected to vote on any additional end-of-year calendar changes at its first meeting in January.