Archive for Thursday, June 11, 1992


June 11, 1992


— Graduation has come and gone for Tonganoxie High School's Class of 1992, but parents already are anticipating commencement celebrations for next year and beyond.

Five parents who have children in the district expressed concern at this week's school board meeting about Project Graduation, a non-alcoholic post-commencement celebration, said Jacki Himpel, school district communications specialist.

Graduation both this year and 1991 has been on a Sunday night with the party on the following Monday night, and some parents are concerned the focus of the party has been blurred.

"(Parents) want to see the district change graduation to another night or another Sunday," Himpel said.

Parents said they were concerned because Project Graduation was set up to give students a safe, alcohol-free alternative the evening of graduation, not the next night, Himpel said.

Traditionally commencement has been on Monday nights in Tonganoxie, but it has been moved to Sunday the past two years because of scheduling conflicts with the state baseball and softball regionals. Students also had requested a weekend day graduation so out-of-town relatives would be able to attend ceremonies.

Although the graduation date was easily changed, it was not as simple to reserve the Riverfront Community Center in Leavenworth County, the site of Project Graduation.

Another high school traditionally uses the community center for its post-graduation party the third Sunday in May, when Tonganoxie now holds its graduation, Himpel said.

The search for a new location has begun, but one parent said the community center, at this point, offers an ideal location and price.

In other business board members:

Approved the purchase of two surplus property trucks, estimated to cost a total of $10,000, to be used by maintenance workers.

Heard a draft of the 1992-1993 school budget by the superintendent.

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