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Mar 11, 2014 5:25 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Tuckahoe Looking At Options For Rescheduling Graduation

Mar 11, 2014 5:25 PM

Tuckahoe School District officials plan to reschedule the district’s eighth-grade graduation ceremony this year since one unplanned-for snow day will force the district to stay open later in June.

At the March Board of Education meeting this week, Superintendent Chris Dyer announced that because the district was forced to take five snow days, so far, the school will stay open one day later, with the last day now scheduled for June 27. The problem, district officials said, is that the eighth-grade graduation ceremony was scheduled for Thursday, June 26. However, state law dictates that students must have a total of 180 school days—which won’t be reached until Friday, June 27—in the classroom before being allowed to graduate.

Now, according to Principal Kevin Storch, the district must come up with an alternative plan for graduation, and officials are considering several options for the ceremony, which will honor 37 students, most of whom will attend Southampton High School as freshmen in the fall.

“We are now faced with the issue that the school year does not end on the same day as we previously thought,” Mr. Storch said. “We are concerned that the conflict will prohibit people from coming to our graduation.”

According to Mr. Storch, the district originally planned to move the ceremony to Friday evening. However, Tuckahoe’s graduation would then coincide with the Southampton and Westhampton Beach high School graduations, potentially causing conflict for families and friends with students graduating from Tuckahoe and one of those schools. The district is also considering holding the graduation on Friday afternoon to leave enough time for parents to make it to the high school graduations, leaving Tuckahoe’s graduation scheduled for Thursday night, but still holding school the next day and perhaps distributing diplomas at that time, or picking a third date altogether, according to Mr. Dyer.

District officials and board members expect to make a decision within the next few weeks.

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Gee why don't we put together a blue ribbon panel and hire a consultant to figure this one out. Have it on friday and if people can't attend everyone will live I'm sure. Do we really need overpaid administrators to solve problems like this.
By maxwell (169), speonk on Mar 11, 14 10:25 PM
Why the days were added to the end year is puzzling to me. Tests are over, everything is done then!!! The students are not getting an instructional time at the end of June. Another poor decision.....surprise
By powerwalker1 (3), on Mar 12, 14 9:40 AM
Unfortunately it is State law. Anybody think about making up the day on a Saturday?
By Tuckahoe Ted (53), southampton on Mar 12, 14 11:19 AM
State law: School district officials may not schedule days of session on a Saturday, Sunday or a legal holiday.
By cmac (184), East Quogue on Mar 12, 14 11:38 AM