WESTVILLE — The high school graduation ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m. May 20, and the junior high school graduation ceremony will be at 2 p.m. the same day.
But school officials said this week that the traditional junior high graduation may evolve into a different sort of student-recognition event next year.
"It's a relic," said Westville High Principal Guy Goodlove, and added that fewer junior high schools are having graduation ceremonies.
Westville school board member Shawn Bennett said he would rather have an honors assembly for the eighth grade, to recognize their efforts and motivate them to do well in high school.
"I struggle to see the value of an eighth-grade diploma," Bennett said.
Westville Junior High Principal Jared Ellison said principals usually start asking around about junior high graduations at this time of year, to find out what other districts are doing. Ellison said that more discussions would be needed, but he is open to the idea of recognizing student accomplishments more throughout the school year than having a formal graduation ceremony.
In other business, Owens said that students would pick up their report cards on May 24.
The next regular school board meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. May 16.