Despite having snow makeup days piling up past Memorial Day, St. Clair High School’s graduation date will remain unchanged.
During February’s R-XIII board of education meeting Thursday night, it was decided to leave the May 15 commencement alone.
The last day of school in the district now is scheduled for Tuesday, May 27, after St. Clair has experienced 10 snow days so far this winter.
“Typically, when we have this many snow days we back up graduation a week,” R-XIII Superintendent Mike Murphy told board members. “But if we consider moving graduation back one week it will conflict with the band trip. The following week, teachers will not be under contract.
“My recommendation is to leave graduation where it is,” the superintendent said.
The SCHS band is scheduled to leave for Virginia on Wednesday, May 21, and return on Sunday, May 25.
Murphy also said there will not be an alternative graduation date.
“It will be May 15 rain or shine,” he said.
If inclement weather hits that day, commencement exercises will be moved inside to the high school gymnasium. If graduation takes place outdoors, it will be on the athletic turf behind the high school.
The event is scheduled to start at 8 p.m.
Murphy said he consulted with high school administrators before making his recommendation.
The board unanimously approved keeping the date the same.
Before the onslaught of inclement weather this winter that has forced Murphy to cancel classes on 10 days, St. Clair students were scheduled to be out of school on Tuesday, May 20.
However, besides the four days being made up during the regular portion of the year, Wednesday through Friday, May 21-23, as well as the Tuesday after Memorial Day, May 27, have been tacked on as required by the state.
Under the state’s inclement weather makeup days rule, a school district is required to make up the first six snow days, plus half of the additional days up to 14 to reach 10 total.
That translates to a 2-for-1 makeup policy for days seven through 14. Districts are forgiven and do not have to make up their eighth, 10th, 12th and 14th snow days or anything after that.
If St. Clair needs another snow day this winter, the academic year will be extended another day to Wednesday, May 28.
The longest the school year will be under the state’s formula would be Thursday, May 29.