Crowe grad still going ahead despite dispute

"...we should be OK in getting everything prepared for June 13, 2014.” - David DeRosa

The question that left many parents and students still asking is, “Will Grad 2014 still carry on?”

The answer is “Yes.”

Teachers in B.C. have entered Stage 2 of their job action which changes some of the graduation setup this year.

“Unfortunately, this will have some impact on our preparations and planning for the formal Graduation Ceremony on Friday, June 13,” said David DeRosa, J.L. Crowe Secondary principal, in a letter to the organizing committee.

“With heavy hearts, our teacher sponsors have removed themselves from their roles in coordinating and organizing the grad ceremony. We experienced similar circumstances in 2012 and with the support of school and district administration and some pre-ceremony planning with parents, we should be OK in getting everything prepared for June 13, 2014.”

The grad ceremony will be held June 13 in the Cominco Arena featuring approximately 180 graduating students.

DeRosa remains optimistic about grad arrangements. Not much has changed and grad events like the Silverwood trip, grad ceremony, Memory Walk, and prom are still proceeding according to plan.

Jesse Bartsoff, the Crowe grad president, is also optimistic.

“Not really anything going on, there is no change and grad is still happening. Students are just not sure if teachers will be there or not.”

Bartsoff is certain that graduation will be fine and believes the evening will go smoothly.

He encourages everyone to attend the Memory Walk on June 14, which is open to the public and followed by pictures at Gyro Park. The prom will be held later that evening at the Fruitvale Memorial Hall.

Jennifer Chung is a J.L. Crowe student in the work experience program.


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