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Graduation to return to Yellowjacket Stadium

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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The Boyd High School Class of 2018 will receive its diplomas at Yellowjacket Stadium.

Boyd ISD trustees Monday night reversed its decision from November to move the ceremony to the University of North Texas Coliseum in Denton from the football stadium after concern was voiced from senior parents about the site, time and date.

The commencement will now be 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 25, 2018.

“We are trying to do the best for the students of the district,” said Boyd School Board President Bill Childress. “We want to take the time to acknowledge and celebrate the things they do for the district.

“We wanted to get in a spot where there’s no worries. But if this is where they want to do it, we’ll make it work the best we can. It’s what the students want.”

The district held graduation last year at the football stadium. It was previously held in Weatherford.

With a graduating class of 97 this year, there was concern about accommodating the crowd in the home bleachers, which have a capacity of 2,000. The district also wanted a weather-proof venue that could accommodate the crowd in case the ceremony had to be moved indoors from the football field.

Speaking on behalf of many of the seniors’ parents, Rebecca Clark said they wanted to continue the tradition of graduating at the stadium.

“We feel it would accommodate the class with 97 students,” Clark said.

She said many parents were worried about parking at UNT. There was also objection to the original time of 5 p.m. May 21.

The district had been able to later reserve 3 p.m., Saturday, May 26, at UNT.

“Saturday was the more desirable time than Monday,” Boyd ISD Superintendent Ted West told trustees. “There are still a number of people that still want it on the football field.”

After Clark spoke, trustees agreed they could move the ceremony back to the football stadium. Their one reservation was about a potential spring storm forcing the district to make a venue change at the last minute. In that scenario, it would move into the high school gym with a capacity of approximately 1,400.

Childress wanted everyone to acknowledge in that scenario some people may not be able to attend the ceremony. Trustees suggested, in that case, tickets may have to be issued.

West said the district will look at options for seating capacity at the stadium, including the possibility of temporary seating.

“The capacity is only going to continue to be an issue going forward,” West said. “We’ll do everything we can to have it here until we can’t. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”

In other business, trustees appointed former school board member Dennis Tidwell to the vacant Place 6 seat.

The seat became vacant with the resignation of Ernest Partin last month due to health concerns. Tidwell will serve until the May election for the unexpired term. The term ends in May 2019.

“Dennis was a member prior. We felt we could get someone with prior experience who understands what we are working toward,” Childress said. “He stepped forward to volunteer his time. He will be a great asset for us.”

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