PRINCETON — With the official graduation date moved to July 18, Princeton Community High School still plans to honor seniors this Saturday.
Saturday, the original graduation date for PCHS, seniors will be able to participate in a “Parade of Seniors” through Princeton.
The parade will start at 2 p.m., with a route starting on Archer Road (Princeton Community Primary School/Hillside Church), heading south on Embree, west on Brumfield at the roundabout, south on 5th Avenue, east on Broadway and north on Main Street ending at the high school.
In a social media post to the community, PCHS said the parade is a way to seniors to be honored as they drive through town.
“We would love for our community to pick a spot along the route and cheer on our seniors for one final send off,” the post stated. “Feel free to decorate signs, cheer them on as they pass, and join in the celebration.”
Community members are asked to adhere to social distancing of six feet along the route.
At the end of the route, the seniors and their immediate family will meet at PCHS for a short ceremony. The program will be videotaped to post on social media for later viewing by the community.
With the end of the school year ending in a non-traditional way, NGSC Assistant Superintendent Eric Goggins updated the school board Monday on the corporation’s preparation for a non-traditional start to next year.
Goggins said they are hoping to start the next school year normally, but a committee has been formed to run possible scenarios for a return. This includes discussing what additional training may be needed if distance learning has to continue in the future.
Goggins said while there may be improvements that can be made, the teachers and administrators have done an amazing job putting together e-learning to close out the 2019-20 school year.
The board was also updated on the funds North Gibson received as a part of the CARES Act. After a portion of the funds is given to St. Joseph Catholic School, the corporation will have $306,000 to work with.
Goggins said they will be using the funds to prioritize how to improve student access if distance learning would need to continue in the future.
The corporation will use $200,000 of those funds to increase Chromebook availability for all school levels. This includes some carts for the primary school.
Goggins said at the start of the school year, or soon after depending on order times, each student at the high school and middle school level would have access to a device. There would also be three Chromebook carts per grade level at Princeton Intermediate School.
The device at the primary level, which would be a 2-in-1 table, would be used to expose the students to the usage of Chromebooks.
After the purchase of devices, Goggins said the reserve of about $100,00 could be used for continued technology planning or to address equipment needs for cleaning or personal protective equipment deemed necessary.
The corporation has until the end of 2022 to spend the funds.
“We’re going to spend a good chunk of that up front improving our devices,” Goggins said.