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Hannibal High School graduation day will remain the same after special vote

The Hannibal School Board has made a final decision on whether it will move its graduation day because of snow make up dates.

In a special meeting Thursday night, the board decided to keep the graduation on May 16th despite last week’s decision to move it.

Some Hannibal High School parents are relieved after the board of education voted to keep graduation on may 16th. Parents like Anna Lemon said they will now get to see their child graduate.

“It’s a big relief. Yes, it definitely is. I’m very excited that we came to a compromise,” said Lemon. “I have a lot of respect for this board, I always have and this is a moment that we all come together for a good compromise for the students.”

The board voted 6-0 in favor of a proposal that would have seniors go to school the final week leading up to graduation night for various activities. Board president Mark Bross simply voted present.

“I think it’s really important to hear from parents. I wish more would come to board meetings and share what they believe and kinda help us go in the right direction,” said Hannibal School Board member Christinia Booth.

Superintendent Susan Johnson said she’s happy a compromised was reach tonight but she says she’s ready to move forward.

“Our students are going to graduate,” said Johnson. “We’re going to celebrate that. We’re going to be able to give our kids a great education. And now I’m ready to move forward to start working on our bond issue because that’s going to be an excellent opportunity as well.”

Meanwhile parents are ready to see their kids walk across the stage in just a couple of months.

“It’s 13 years that I am proud of that brought my daughter to this point. I’m proud that she is apart of this. This is my 4th child graduating from the Hannibal High School and I’m proud of every single one of them,” said Lemon.

Parents said they hope a more clear policy on moving graduation is put in place; but, school administration said new laws in Missouri only require a certain number of hours to be counted for a school year rather than days which means a situation like this can be avoided in the future.

Brett Knese

Multi-Media Journalist at WGEM News.

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