Graduation date will not change

WOODSFIELD – The Switzerland of Ohio Local School District Board of Education voted Thursday night not to move the date of River High School graduation date. The intital idea for moving graduation was due to the Division III district track meet also scheduled that day.

After a parent called the school board asking the date be moved from Friday, May 24, to Saturday, May 25, the board agreed to change it if majority of the River High School seniors signed a petition stating that they wanted the date changed.

Only 17 students wanted the date changed, and 39 students did not.

“The board really considered this,” said Janelle Comstock, Switzerland of Ohio Local School District board member.

Monroe Central High School’s graduation will be Saturday, May 25, and Beallsville High School’s graduation is planned Sunday, May 26.

The groundbreaking for River High School will be held Friday, May 3, at 2 p.m. River High School will become a grade K-12 building, with the consolidation of Hannibal and Sardis elementary schools.

Powhatan Elementary School’s cornerstone dedication and ribbon-cutting will be Saturday, April 20, at noon at the grounds of the new building. The students officially moved in at the end of March.

State Sen. Lou Gentile and state Rep. Jack Cera will be among those in attendance at the Powhatan events.

Lance Erlwein, school district treasurer, updated the school districts about the inclusion of a treasurer’s page on the district’s website. It features frequently asked questions and minutes from the meetings.

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