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Board of education votes to allow junior/senior prom off campus

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By The Staff

The Spencer County Board of Education has voted to approve an off-campus location for the 2013 Spencer County junior/senior prom following months of discussion and debate that, at times, seemed to leave the event’s future in question.
The board unanimously approved the Louisville Marriott East at 1903 Embassy Square Blvd. off the Watterson Expressway as the event’s location during a special January meeting. The current prom date is set for April 27 and cost is $45 per ticket, which includes dinner. Unlike last year, all participants will have to pay to attend.
The issue of the SCHS prom was brought to the school board in late 2012, with students and sponsors concerned that the high school gymnasium would not be big enough to hold the prom crowd. Concerns about a lack of support and interest in planning the event were also shared. Ultimately a decision was made by the board to allow the spring dance to be held off campus, if the high school could provide adequate information regarding the safety and security of the chosen venue.
According to information provided to the board by SCHS Principal Curt Haun, the Marriott will provide a large ballroom with enough space for tables, chairs and a dance floor, at a minimum cost of $12,000. Dinner will include a choice of two pastas, salad, bread, dessert and a drink. There will be one security guard provided per 100 guests, a disc jockey and decorations.
Board member Debbie Herndon said she supported it, if the students could afford it.
“Are they sure they are going to have enough people to pay for it?” she asked.
Projections are that there will be around 400 students in attendance.
“I don’t have any problem with them having it here, as long as, financially, they can handle that and as long as it’s the majority of what those classes wanted to have,” board member Sandy Clevenger said.
This will be the first time in school history that the prom has been voluntarily held off campus. The event was held at Claudia Sanders Dinner House during the school’s renovation several years ago, but returned to the gymnasium after the work was completed.
Parents and/or students with questions regarding the event should contact the high school at 477-3255.