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NCHS Board Discusses Virtual Option For Upcoming Senior Graduation

By Leah Williams

The Nashville Community High School Board heard ideas on Tuesday, April 21, about a possible graduation ceremony to cap off the end of the year.

Superintendent Brad Turner explained that the school improvement team had discussed the concept of a “virtual ceremony,” where the Class of 2020 graduates would be filmed in their cap and gown on stage. The video would then be broadcast after editing and splicing the individuals would appear all together.

At the time of the appointed recording, each graduated would receive a senior shirt and a ceremony ready robe.

“We would do that over the course of three days in May,” Turner said. “We would social distance. We would not have more than 10 kids on site at one time.”

Turner said that there is still some thought that prom could be held later in this summer if the government restrictions are let up by then.

A couple of board members expressed ideas about possibility of having a more limited or elaborate ceremony in July, depending on the restrictions at the time.

Principal Mark Begando stressed the importance of keeping the traditional date as a way to insure as many graduates are able to attend as possible.

“I want to honor our graduates in May,” Begando said. “I think it’s important to honor them right away, like after school is over.”

Begando said that many students have post-high school plans that will prevent them from attending any delayed festivities. He said the longer “we get away from the school year, the harder it’s going to be to bring everyone back as a class.”

“What if we wait until July and the order is not lifted?” he said. “Then we’ve done absolutely nothing for our kids. We’re going to send them off  without doing anything because we are social distancing and the order hasn’t lifted yet. I don’t want to roll the dice with July.”

In other school board news, the board approved the purchase of a new football scoreboard through Nevco. The amount of the board is about $23,000, with funds to be contributed by booster clubs.

The board also purchased a new phone system from CTS.

A transfer of $50,000 from the Tort Fund to the operations and maintenance fund

The summer camps for basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball in June have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic concerns.

The NCHS Band’s upcoming trip to Disney World has also been canceled.

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