Board discusses senior week dilemma

By Martha Frost: QCS staff writer

Next year’s Tucumcari High School seniors and their parents showed up in such large numbers at the Tucumcari Public Schools Board of Education meeting Monday that the subject of Senior Week was moved to first on the agenda, according to Trudy Bauler, the school’s business manager.
Bauler said senior parents sponsor traditional Senior Week events the last week of school before graduation each year, including painting the “T” on Tucumcari Mountain, painting a stretch of Hines Street, senior Olympic games, a bowling party, a movie night, and a trip to a fun spot such as Wonderland Park in Amarillo, Texas.
Dr. Bill Reents, the school’s superintendent, said Senior Week is not a school-sponsored activity, although the parents and students use school property and supplies for the event.
Tonya Rigdon of Senior Parents 2006 said the board had considered moving graduation to May 12 so seniors would graduate before Senior Week.
“Liability issues were a concern,” she said. But the board approved the May 19 graduation date, with Senior Week remaining in its traditional time frame, she said.
“We have approved a graduation date after Senior Week again, but we are still looking into it,” Reents said. “We dismiss the seniors for Senior Week and are not responsible for them — their parents are,” he said, adding that parents are concerned that seniors will not attend Senior Week if it is moved to after graduation.
Compiled by Quay County Sun staff writer Martha Frost.