The Union R-XI Board of Education is set to meet for the first time in 2019.

The board’s regular meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. at Union High School.

While the meeting kicks off the new year, the board will be looking ahead to the end of the school year.

The board will vote on approving dates for end-of-the-year activities.

The first date is the junior-senior prom. The board will vote on whether vote to approve the location of the event scheduled for Saturday, April 13.

According to the agenda, prom is scheduled to be held at the Union City Auditorium again this year. At the November board meeting, Union High School students pushed for a different location.

Citing concerns about the auditorium, members of the committee pushed for hosting the event at the Washington Elks Lodge. The idea is to provide a “better, more memorable experience,” Christophe Poinsett said.

Students said the Elks lodge is a “nicer” venue with more space. The prom committee said a number of students favored a move away from the auditorium.

Board members in November expressed concern over moving prom out of the city and said a decision on the location would be made at a future meeting.

The other end of the year approval is to set the date for graduation. If approved by the board, graduation would be held Thursday, May 16, at 6 p.m.

Also on the agenda is a scheduled discussion about coming up with a name for the district’s new school. The board won’t be naming the new school, but will discuss the name of a new road.

Additionally, the board will vote on contracted services for a speech language pathologist assistant and a grant from the Franklin County Resource Board.

The board also will approve the candidate list for the upcoming municipal election in April. The final day of filing is Tuesday, Jan. 15.

The full agenda can be found at