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Greensburg Salem graduation moved to June 11

| Thursday, March 11, 2010

Greensburg Salem's graduation will be delayed until June 11 unless the state steps in.

The school board Wednesday voted to approve a new calendar that would make up for snow days by adding an additional week to the school year.

The district has missed nine days of school this winter because of record-setting snowstorms. State law requires 180 days of instruction.

About 20 high school seniors attended the meeting to hear the outcome of the vote.

Drew Manley, 18, said that the seniors hoped graduation day might remain June 4, because many of their classmates planned to have left town by June 11.

"All the seniors have different plans, ranging from vacations to going to the military," he said. "We don't want to have people not here to go through this with us."

"If the governor should grant some kind of waiver, obviously we would go along with that," said Superintendent Tom Yarabinetz, noting that the newly adopted calendar was not necessarily final.

According to the new calendar, students will have school April 1 and 5. Seniors only will have class on May 7, and everyone else will have a final day of school on June 14, which will be the day of the Kennywood picnic.

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