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School district is monitoring weather

By From staff reports
Published in News on June 7, 2013 1:46 PM

Officials with Wayne County Public Schools continue to monitor the weather and are staying in contact with Wayne County Emergency Management to determine if any events this evening and Saturday need to be postponed, Ken Derksen, director of communication services and public information officer, said this morning.

Four graduation ceremonies are scheduled, three of them outdoors.

Spring Creek High School, which is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday in Kornegay Arena at Mount Olive College, is unaffected by the weather situation.

As of press time, Rosewood High School remains scheduled for this evening at 7 p.m. on the athletic field. In the event of rain, it will be moved indoors to the gym at the same time. Should there be more severe weather, however, and district officials cancel after-school activities, the event would be rescheduled to Saturday at 10 a.m. in the gym.

The two outdoor ceremonies Saturday at 9 a.m. are Charles B. Aycock and Eastern Wayne high schools. Contingency plans for those schools would be to postpone the events until 9 a.m. Monday.

All high school graduations are ticketed events, which means seating will be limited and only those with a ticket will be admitted.

Because of the unpredictability of weather, Derksen said last-minute changes will be announced via the district's Alert Now notification system, as late as a couple of hours before the events.

"Late afternoon (today) a decision will be made if for some reason it has to be postponed," he said of the Rosewood event. "It would be first thing in the morning if for some reason they had to make that announcement."

He said the district also will announce any changes on its website.