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McCracken plans May 23 commencement

BY KATHLEEN FOXkfox@paducahsun.com

McCracken County High School plans to hold its first graduation ceremony on May 23.

Russ Tilford, director of pupil personnel, presented the graduation date at Thursday's meeting of the McCracken County Board of Education. The 7 p.m. exercise will be at Marquette Stadium or inside Strawberry Hills Pharmacy Arena, in the case of inclement weather. If future school cancellations occur, commencement will move to 7 p.m. Friday, May 30, at the same locations.

In other business:

n Member Don Heine was named as the board representative to the superintendent screening committee, which is a council of school, district, central office, parent and community representatives who will vet applicants before recommending several finalists to the entire board to conduct in-person interviews in March. Board chairman Jeff Parker was selected as the board spokesman during the superintendent selection. Superintendent Nancy Waldrop announced earlier she would retire.

n Board members approved the 2014-2014 staffing formula, which maintains the same number of employees as 2013-2014, despite $450,000 to cutbacks in SEEK funding. The proposal, presented by assistant superintendent Johnna DeJarnett, did include the addition of a halftime assistant principal at Concord Elementary School for the next school year. The board also approved the addition of a second assistant tennis coach at McCracken County High School.

n The board released $5 million in committed funds that were earmarked from the general fund in case of emergency during construction of McCracken County High School. The board accepted the edited Project Lead the Way Agreement to change any mentions of the three consolidated high schools to McCracken County and approved the submission of three $15,000 sustainability grants to support Lead the Way programs at the high school.

n Accepted a request for a fundraiser that will sell St. Louis Cardinal baseball tickets for a home game on Memorial Day against the New York Yankees for a discounted, student rate to raise money for the special event fund.

Contact Kathleen Fox, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8651 or follow @kathleendfox on Twitter.

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