Thursday, December 28, 2000

Diploma site may be by vote


Little Miami High graduation a concern

By Jennifer Mrozowski
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MORROW — Some parents of Little Miami High School seniors are already worrying about where graduation will be held, but the graduating students will likely decide with a vote.

        School administrators planned to hold graduation in the gymnasium of the new high school, ending 20-plus years of the event at Wilmington College, said High School principal Robert Bixler.

        Under that plan, parents would have to limit the number of guests to nine per student due to limited seating in the gym.

        Graduation had been held at Wilmington because the gymnasium in the old high school was too small, Mr. Bixler said.

        Now, district officials want to make good on a promise to hold the ceremony in the new high school.

        That promise was made during the campaign for the bond issue for the new high school in 1997, he said.

        School officials have been planning the ceremony there since April, when former Superintendent Michael Virelli released the date of the 2001 graduation.

        But some parents say nine guests is not enough.

        “This is not fair to us and not fair to our children,” said parent Debbie Gilkison at a recent school board meeting.

        Ms. Gilkison said she counts 12 people who should receive invitations to her child's graduation.

        Another parent said she hopes to invite 15 people.

        A handful of parents came to the meeting to express concern.

        The new gymnasium seats 1,500, but Mr. Bixler said the room will accommodate about 1,700 people plus the 170 graduates with seats also arranged on the gym floor.

        He said he plans to help parents who need more tickets contact those who have extras.

        He also said graduation will be broadcast in the school auditorium for the overflow crowd.

        “We're going to do everything we can to accommodate grandmothers and grandfathers, sisters and brothers and other family members,” Mr. Bixler said.

        “I'm open to listening to any concerns parents have.”

        Superintendent Ralph Shell suggested allowing the graduating class to decide.

        Mr. Bixler said he'll present them with three options: graduation in the high school gymnasium, an outdoor graduation on the football field with indoor accommodations in case of inclement weather or graduation at Wilmington College.

        A vote is expected within the first two weeks after vacation, he said.

       



Cold streak approaches record
Some steps to warm up your home
Cold, hard facts about the freeze
Census will revise legislative map
Jurors ask for stricter boating laws
Olympic funding takes hit
Last of stadium cost overruns OK'd
Bedinghaus proud of tenure
Burn victim healing beyond hopes
Muslims mark culmination of holy month
PULFER: Our lives just as thrilling as Kings Island
Acid, allergy link found
Campaign money targeted
City police criticize curfew center monitoring
Death for Cincinnati killer is upheld
Local Digest
Mayor to discuss audit of Villa Hills
Norwood girl feels health compromised
Party Source is getting bigger
SAMPLES: Plan gives homeless new chance
West Chester to get community TV
Where to recycle your Christmas tree
Awards to celebrate black achievements
- Diploma site may be by vote
Lebanon to wrestle with money issues
1st Rupp upgrades: video walls
Car crash kills 6 teens in northeast Ohio
Feds look into massage spa
Fund to remember student