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AdVantage News | Andrew Richards
Bill Jenkins, of St. Louis, clears snow off his Ford Explorer Tuesday, Feb. 4. Jenkins works in Alton at Next Step: Foot and Ankle Center. The harsh winter weather pushed East Alton-Wood River High School's graduation back to June 4.
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WOOD RIVER – East Alton-Wood River High School seniors can blame the snow for graduating a little late this year.
The school’s graduation will be Wednesday, June 4, with the last day of school landing on Friday, June 6.
Superintendent John Pearson said the School Board approved the graduation and last day of school dates at the district’s board meeting Tuesday, Feb. 11.
“We want our seniors to have an extra week of our instruction," he said. "We’ve missed so much school.”
EA-WR has taken eight snow days this school year. Five are built in, while the other three are considered “Act of God” days in which the school does not make them up.
In other news, the board approved a facility request for TLC Dental of Godfrey for Thursday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m. The school will charge TLC Dental $250 to allow it to promote an appliance for sleep apnea – a condition in which a person pauses or has shallow breathing while sleeping.
The board also approved a shelter agreement with Red Cross, which will provide the district with liability coverage of up to $5 million.
“It’s pretty standard for a liability certificate,” Pearson said.
The board also approved hiring Samantha Shemonia, of Hartford, as a part-time cook and Susan Ledford, of Maryville, as a co-drama sponsor. Ledford – a full-time teacher at the district – will be paid a stipend of $2,328 to work in the drama department.