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Galt high school district trustees to consider Liberty Ranch High School graduation venue

The high school’s Class of 2014 could be the third to graduate at Sacramento Memorial Auditorium

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Posted: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 12:00 am

The Galt Joint Union High School District Board of Trustees will decide tonight if Liberty Ranch High School holds its graduation ceremony in Sacramento for the third year in a row. If approved, the $4,225 expense for the June 6 ceremony at Memorial Auditorium would come from lottery funds.

Both the expense and holding graduation outside city limits have been items of contention for years.

But Liberty Ranch Principal Brian Deis has said there is a cost associated with holding the ceremony in Galt.

If it was held at the school’s football field, for example, there would be the cost to rent bleachers or chairs for both students and spectators, and lights would need to be brought in since the ceremony is at night, Deis said.

However, this year’s ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m.

The school’s inaugural graduation was held at Memorial Auditorium in 2012 at a cost of $5,000 for rental, on-site security and a stagehand, lighting and sound package.

Trustee Angela DaPrato was one of two trustees against holding the ceremony in Sacramento the first year. However, in 2013 she voted to allow Estrellita High School and Liberty Ranch to switch graduation dates so that Liberty Ranch could hold its Class of 2013 ceremony at Memorial.

“It didn’t mean I voted for it to be held at the auditorium. It just meant the principals had worked out the dates,” DaPrato said Monday, declining to discuss the issue further before tonight’s meeting.

Former trustee Kathleen Amos, who advocated to hold Liberty Ranch’s graduation at one of the city parks or other facilities available within Galt, said in 2011 that such a move to hold the ceremony out of town would be setting a precedent.

The Galt Joint Union High School District Board of Trustees meets at 7 p.m. tonight in the city council chambers at City Hall, 380 Civic Drive, Galt.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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