School board approves 2019-2020 calendar: Graduation date to move
By Hub City Times staff
MARSHFIELD – The timing of Marshfield High School’s graduation may continue to move around. After being held on a Saturday this year, commencement ceremonies were moved off of Memorial Day weekend, and put back on Sunday for the current school year. Under the school calendar for the following school year adopted by the Board of Education Nov. 14, graduation stays on a Sunday in 2020, and also falls on the weekend after Memorial Day — May 31.
For the current school year, the move was made to accommodate students who had athletic conflicts on the Saturday after Memorial Day weekend. Superintendent Ryan Christiansen and Board President Frances Bohon said the later date also lines up better with class schedules, meaning students graduating on Memorial weekend were in danger of not meeting the required time in a classroom before walking out the door.
“In my understanding of going a week later than Memorial Day weekend is because of instructional minutes,” Christiansen said.
“That one I am positive we talked about last year,” Bohon said. “We had quite a discussion for this year’s calendar because otherwise it gives you almost two weeks where the seniors graduating are not fulfilling their instructional numbers, because once they graduate, they don’t have to come back .”
“They would be done a full two weeks before the rest of the students, but now they are done one week before the other students,” Christiansen added.
Also under the 2019-2020 calendar, school starts on Sept. 3, 2019, spring break would run from March 30 – April 3, 2020, and June 5, 2020, would be the last day of school.