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McCracken graduation date May 21

By JASON MORROW jmorrow@paducahsun.com

During the McCracken County school board meeting Thursday night, the board voted to set the graduation date for Sunday, May 21 at 5 p.m.

Pupil Personnel Director Brian Bowland said the reason for choosing a Sunday was due to multiple seniors participating in state tournaments for McCracken County tennis and track on the Saturday of graduation weekend. "Right now we are projected to have anywhere between 10 and 17 students that are going to be participating in the state championship on that weekend," he said.

Board member Chris Taylor voted against the motion, saying he didn't think the option had been communicated well to teachers at the high school. "I've gotten several emails and questions myself as far as a Sunday being graduation (day)," he said. "No disrespect to anyone, but I just feel like Sunday is not a good day."

Vice Chairman Steve Shelby said he had heard most of the concerns voiced from parents about how a Sunday graduation would affect Project Graduation, seeing as any volunteer parent would likely have work the next day.

Bowland said ultimately the call was made in the best interest of students, so that no student would have to miss graduation or hurriedly drive from the state tournament to make it to graduation on time. Graduation will be at McCracken County's Marquette Stadium and will be relocated to the Strawberry Hills Pharmacy Arena in case of bad weather.

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