Jackson Local Schools plans prom, in-person commencement


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Jackson Local Schools Board of Education

Tuesday meeting

ACTION: Heard the district is planning to hold a formal graduation and a formal prom this year.

DISCUSSION: The graduation ceremony for about 440 graduates will be held at the Robert Fife Stadium at the Jackson Memorial Middle School. This will be the first time in several decades that graduation will be held in the stadium.

It is scheduled for 6 p.m. May 25 with May 26 as alternate weather date. Four tickets will be issued to each grad for their families to attend. Both the visitors’ and the home-side bleachers will be used for family seating. The graduates will be seated on the field, and the stage area will be in the end zone.

The district also will be hosting a formal prom from 7 to 11 p.m. May 1 at Jackson High School. It will have a carnival/circus theme with carnival food served inside. There will be a promenade where each attendee will be introduced before they travel through the second story and down the steps to the Common Area. Parents will be allowed to take photos of their student coming down the stairs.

The prom will be for juniors and seniors, and ticket prices will be announced later. Both the commencement and the prom will be held with the proper safety protocols in place.

Jackson High Principal Jeff Kracker said, “Our students have worked hard and overcome many obstacles to have the best school year possible.”

He added, “They have earned the privilege to have an in-person prom and commencement on our campus. The 450,000 square feet we have at Jackson High School is the perfect venue this school year to have a formal prom.”

OTHER ACTION:

  • Approved an attorney-client fee contract and authorized litigation over vaping and vaping manufacturing. 
  • Approved millage tax rate for the upcoming emergency levy, reducing it from 4 mills to 3.9 mills. The bond issue that passed in 2004 lowers from 1.9 to 1.7 mills.
  • Authorized changing the May 25 school board meeting to 5 p.m. May 18 at the high school because it conflicted with commencement. 
  • Went into executive session to consider employment matters with no action taken.

UP NEXT: Meets 5 p.m. April 27 at Jackson High School

— Patricia Faulhaber


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