Parents upset at awards ceremony

  • Sunday, April 29, 2012

Hundreds of Georgetown County students were honored this week for their efforts at the annual Superintendent’s Award Ceremony which took place inside the Georgetown High School auditorium.
The good news is the number of students earning awards continues to increase.
The bad news, with so many students receiving the awards, there is not enough room in the GHS auditorium for all of their parents and other family members to watch them as they are recognized for their hard work.
At the ceremony, which took place Monday night, family members packed the auditorium with hundreds more spilling into the hallway and outside the building, making it impossible for most of them to see the children receiving the awards.
Stephanie Arnold, whose child attends Waccamaw Intermediate School, was in the hallway and did not see the ceremony. She said it’s great so many kids were being honored, but it would have been a better evening if it had not been as congested.
She suggests the event be broken up next year rather than trying to have all the schools in the auditorium at the same time.
Stephanie Smith, whose child goes to Rosemary Middle School, was also in the hallway and agreed with Arnold.
Smith suggests the elementary schools hold a ceremony at 5 p.m., followed by the middle schoolers at 6 p.m. then high schools at 7 p.m.
Sherrill Moore, parent of a Carvers Bay Middle Schooler, suggests students be kept in classrooms near the auditorium until their school takes to the stage.
That would free up hundreds of seats for family members.

‘Next year will be different’

District Superintendent Dr. Randy Dozier said he regrets there were parents unable to enjoy the program and promised steps will be taken to make next year’s ceremony better.
“My apologies to people who could not see. We want the parents to participate and I know they wanted to see their kids,” Dozier said.
He agreed that it may have been better to hold more than one ceremony or have the recipients in other places besides the seats.
One thing that may help is an expansion of the school’s auditorium which, Dozier is hoping, will be complete before next year’s ceremony.
That will add more than 100 additional seats to the auditorium.

By Scott Harper

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