Tracy, Kimball and West highs to hold simultaneous graduations
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Jan 28, 2014 | 6835 views | 5 5 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tracy Unified School District announced on Monday that Tracy, West and Kimball high schools will hold simultaneous graduation ceremonies at 9 a.m. May 31.

According to district spokesman Joel Danoy, Superintendent James Franco made the decision after getting input from the principals of the three schools within the last couple of weeks.

“People like the idea of having a graduation in the morning so they can have their parties and enjoy the rest of the day,” Danoy said.

Danoy said such a decision can be made by the superintendent and does not require a vote by the TUSD board of trustees.

He added that the trustees have not yet decided which board members will attend which graduation ceremonies.

The ceremonies will take place at the stadiums of each high school.

Although a new TUSD superintendent of school is expected to be hired in April, Franco plans to attend the graduation ceremonies, Danoy said.

Franco had previously announced he will end his tenure as superintendent at the end of June.

In years past, the three high school graduations have traditionally been held at different times on the same day.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.

 
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Thatsallihavetosayaboutthat
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January 28, 2014
Totally agree with the other two comments but I think 9 am is a little too early. Maybe 11 or so would be a little better. Most importantly, visiting families that will be coming in from other areas will have to leave their house at 7am (depending on their drive time) to meet at the school at 8 am so that they can get a seat.

I think last year the students were issued a certain number of tickets to give to family members to attend but this article does not mention anything about it.
SpikeVFR
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January 29, 2014
the problem with starting at say 11 is that it is late May and you have potential problems with the heat, remember how Brentwood & Antioch last year had kids and guest fainting and a couple had to be taken to the ER they were so heat stroked. Much better to start at 9 when it should still be cool, or at least not as hot, and then a couple hours later when it is done, it is just not quite the peak of the heat. If you have a start time of 11, you aren't wrapping up until 12:30 - 1:30
justmembj
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January 28, 2014
This sounds like chaos What about families that have nieces/nephews, etc attending different schools? Makes it a bit challenging to attend both at the same time. Did the superintendent think about that? I agree.... Police resources will be spread real thin. Unless us taxpayers will be on the hook for all the OT and extra patrols that will be necessary. I can see it now, the City will be still from 9-11am, then look out! Carmageddon
SpikeVFR
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January 29, 2014
nothing is going to work out ideally for everyone when this many people are involved, you have to go with what makes the most sense for the most people
Kponce
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January 28, 2014
It is great that the school district has made the choice that all 3 high schools will have graduation at the same time. My question is was the police department contacted before this was set. I live near Tracy High and every year when it is time for Graduation the police are spread so thin that they are ineffective.


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