Schools & Education

SBHS board discusses graduation plans

June 7 ceremony will take place on the school’s new sports field.
Superintendent Shawn Tennenbaum and the San Benito High School Board of Trustees. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

This year’s senior graduation was a focus of discussion at the Feb. 12 San Benito High School Board of Trustees meeting.

The graduation is set for June 7 at 8:30 a.m. at the new sports field on campus. Miriam Mendoza, registrar at the high school, told BenitoLink that 710 students are expected to graduate this year. In 2018, 636 seniors graduated from San Benito High.

Students are expected to receive six guest tickets for the ceremony, which has a 6,000-person capacity.

Principal Adrian Ramirez and teacher/graduation team coordinator Laurie Chavez said there are a few glitches to be worked out, but they expect them to be resolved.

For example, flowers are not allowed on the artificial turf of the new sports field because parts of the flowers could damage or alter the turf. That means graduates won’t be wearing traditional carnations and leis this year. Wheeled vehicles are also prohibited, so the school will need to figure out how get visitors in wheelchairs onto the field and how to handle emergency vehicles if they are required.

Trustee Juan Robledo had several questions regarding the logistics of parking. Staff assured him that the graduation committee is working on all aspects of the event.

Some students present at the meeting had questions regarding the safety of attendees getting to the venue from off-site parking. Ramirez told the concerned students there would be signage to show the route to the school.

Carmel de Bertaut

Carmel has a BA in Natural Sciences/Biodiversity Stewardship from San Jose State University and an AA in Communications Studies from West Valley Community College. She reports on science and the environment, arts and human interest pieces. Carmel has worked in the ecological and communication fields and is an avid creative writer and hiker. She has been reporting for BenitoLink since May, 2018 and covers Science and the Environment and Arts and Culture.