Graduation to stay in Kenai

Posted: Friday, February 11, 2005

Kenai Central High School seniors will graduate in Kenai this spring.

Kenai Principal Dennis Dunn said Thursday he's decided to allow graduation to be held at the school's Renee C. Henderson Auditorium.

The move reverses Dunn's earlier decision to hold the graduation ceremonies at the Soldotna Sports Center, as they were last year.

"The graduation will be held at the auditorium," Dunn said.

An advisory vote held to gauge Kenai seniors' feelings on the matter was held last week after a group of students went before the Kenai City Council and Kenai Chamber of Commerce to protest the decision to hold the graduation in Soldotna.

Dunn said that vote showed a majority of seniors — 59.5 percent — favored holding the event in Kenai.

Dunn initially favored the Soldotna site because of concerns in past years over seating capacity at the auditorium, which can hold just under 1,000 people. By contrast, the sports center can seat more than 3,000 people between the floor and bleacher sections.

However, Kenai seniors said the Kenai gym could be used to handle overflow seating.

Dunn said a number of factors played into his decision this time around.

"I listened to all the voices," he said. "When I looked at all the different variables going into the equation, at this point, for this class, I felt it was the best decision."

Dunn said the administration will now begin looking into how to comfortably seat all those who want to attend the ceremonies.

"The first thing we'll do is meet with the fire marshal," he said.

The bottom line, Dunn said, is that students and community members seemed to want the ceremonies to be held in town.

"It just seemed like it's in the best interest of the school and the community at this point," he said.



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