Budget Cuts Means Earlier Graduation Date

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Briana Smith, Mirada Staff

Due to recent budget cuts, seniors will be graduating on May 20th, 2013. The early graduation date is due in part to possible furlough days as well as an elongated 2011-2012 school year.

   Proposition 30 will be the deciding factor in the number of furlough days. If the proposition passes, taxes will be raised and no school days will be cut from the school year. However, if it fails, the school could face up to eleven days cut.
As far as the underclassmen are concerned, “Underclassmen could get out of school as early as May 24th or as late as June 5th,” said Mr. Ginter. This date is also dependent on the number of furloughs.
The district recently announced that June 5th, the original graduation date, is a proposed furlough day. As a result, Mr. Ginter was forced to make the decision on behalf of the senior class to move graduation to an earlier date.
“We have to deal with a few logistical things, but from my point of view it’s not that big of a deal for seniors,” said Mr. Ginter in regards to the change in the date. Graduation will be held at the Memorial Auditorium as planned.
As seniors graduate earlier than before, some athletes are concerned that being a “graduated” senior will affect their ability to play their sport. Seeing as “…potential spring playoffs land on the 18th and 21st of May,” and “…Some playoffs go beyond late May and early June,” Ms. Hanks says, athletes will still be eligible to participate in sporting events through the end of the season.

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