EagleHerald Staff Writer

MENOMINEE—As the end of the school year approaches, graduation is on the minds of Menominee’s seniors as well as the members of the Menominee Area Public Schools Board of Education. During Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting, the board members discussed changing the date of graduation due to several conflicts with extracurriculars.

“Thursday, May 27, is GNCs (Great Northern Conference playoffs) in Marquette,” said Superintendent John Mans, “so we would have seniors who would have to choose, ‘Do I go participate in my sport or do I go to my graduation?’ One of the thoughts is moving it to Wednesday (May 26) where there isn’t a conflict with another graduation with Peshtigo or Marinette.”

Mans said graduation is a board exercise, so he can’t change the date to May 26 on his own.

Graduation is traditionally held in Menominee on a Thursday. Superintendent Assistant Julie Krah said graduation was not included in this year’s school calendar, as last year’s graduation had to be rescheduled several times, ending up taking place in July. “So we thought, ‘We’d better not put it on,’” she said.

“Personally, I’m fine with Wednesday,” said Board President Derek Butler, “I know there’s going to be cost, I know there’s going to be time, and the guidance office has a lot of stuff to re-arrange, but they need an answer. If it’s going to lessen the impact of seniors being able to attend, it’s a no-brainer to switch it to Wednesday.”

“Do the kids have their graduation announcements already, with the ceremony date and time on them?” Board Secretary Becky Thoune asked.

“They do, but with (online announcements), there’s maybe one or two kids that order the actual name plates. I actually just sent in graduation stuff saying it was going to be on Wednesday hoping it was going to be Wednesday,” said Guidance Coordinator Nikki Mathieu.

There was consensus among board members to move the graduation date to May 26, however a change could not be approved in the committee meeting. The matter will be on the agenda for Monday’s regular board meeting.