Memorial Day Weekend graduation day restored

Custer County District High School has set the graduation date for 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 25 of Memorial Day weekend. 

Last year graduation was held on a Tuesday eveing, which proved to be a hassle for all involved.

To determine the date CCDHS officials had the students vote for a date from several choices. They then called the parents for input.

“The way Bucking Horse Sale fell with the end of school we cannot conflict because of hotels and everything else that goes along with that weekend,” said CCDHS Principal Beez Lucero, explaining the reasoning behind last year’s date. 

According to Lucero, the school district has this issue about every five years. It last occurred in 2011. The Bucking Horse Sale is always held the third full weekend of May.

The majority of schools in the state have their graduation on Memorial Day weekend, enabling family and friends time to travel, host graduation parties and spend quality time with the graduate, Lucero said. 

Also discussed during Tuesday night’s meeting of the Miles City Unified School District Board of Trustees was the $50,000, one-year grant received by oneHealth, a local health services agency. 

The primary use for the grant is to enable oneHealth to provide nurses for both Washington Middle School and the high school.

School officials have also identified other needs the grant can address.

“We’ve identified a lot of need but haven’t narrowed it down,” said Superintendent Keith Campbell. “We’ll narrow it down in two weeks.”

Some of the other needs that have been discussed are organizing immunization records and forming a teen health council.

Campbell stressed that the school district will have control of the curriculum. He’ll bring the final plan to the board at the October meeting.

“It’s going to be a good thing,” Campbell said.

The high school music program accepted a $4,000 contribution from Stockman Bank. 

According to band director Mike Gillian the money helped  buy new cold weather jackets to go with the band uniforms.

The jackets are large enough to fit over the regular uniform. They are gold to match school colors and have the Stockman logo on the back. 

Lincoln Elementary School also received a donation to their music program.

According to Principal John Gorton the Miles City Barbershop group donated $700 to purchase and replace a stereo system that is used for instructional purposes. 

“We wanted to give back to someone who could use it,” said Terry Annalora, a barbershop group member and school board trustee. 

The next board meeting is slated for Oct. 11.