Members of the Lawrence school board approved an academic calendar for the 2013-14 school year on Monday that placed high school graduations on a Tuesday and Wednesday.
The graduations will also be on weekdays for the upcoming school year. Board member Shannon Kimball said she had heard some complaints from parents about having graduation ceremonies in the middle of the week.
“I’m a little concerned about approving that change for the following year until we’ve had a chance to see how it works,” Kimball said.
Rick Doll, superintendent, said if the graduations in the middle of the week “just flat don’t work,” and the community decides it doesn’t like them, there would still be time to change them for 2013-14.
Jeanne Fridell, principal of Woodlawn School, served as a co-chairwoman for the calendar committee. She said the committee moved the graduations because Kansas University’s May 18, 2014, commencement ceremony conflicted with a rain date for the high school graduations. Lawrence High School’s graduation ceremony would be on Tuesday, May 20, and Free State’s ceremony would be on Wednesday, May 21.
The calendar committee also moved the district’s inclement weather day to April 18 to coincide with the KU Relays. If the district does not have a snow day, students would not attend classes on that day.
The school board also selected new officers for the upcoming academic year. It voted Vanessa Sanburn to serve as its president and Rick Ingram to serve as vice president.