The Monona Grove senior class will graduate in Lake Mills this year as Monona Grove’s football field remains under construction.
On Saturday, June 5, members of the class of 2021 are set to receive their diplomas at an 11 a.m. ceremony at Lake Mills High School stadium.
“Our stadium is under construction this spring, which means that an outdoor ceremony on site is not possible,” said Katy Byrnes Kaiser, Monona Grove director of communications and community engagement. “While gathering limits have been changing for outdoor gatherings, we wanted to make a final decision on graduation well in advance for everyone’s planning purposes.”
According to district officials, other locations for the ceremony were considered, including the Alliant Energy Center.
“We have explored other sites as well,” Superintendent Dan Olson shared at a school board meeting. “The one indoor site we were interested in was the Alliant Energy Center.”
Olson said that while a large venue such as the Alliant Energy Center is a more preferable location for graduation, indoor gathering limits under the current COVID-19 public health order would make it difficult to host the ceremony there.
In April, school board members discussed the idea of providing bus transportation to Lake Mills for families who may have limited access to personal transportation, and therefore would have difficulties making the nearly 30-minute trip.
“The question has been raised about families being able to travel to the Lake Mills stadium,” said Board Member Susan Fox. “I would assume we could think about buses… I know we used to do that for away games, so I’m just thinking it’s something to keep in mind if we’re going to ask people to travel that far.”
Olson did point out that it may be difficult to accommodate social distancing if school buses are used to transport families, though Board Member Susan Manning said it’s something the district should continue looking into.
“I think that there may be people in this community that don’t have transportation, and understanding you have to physically distance in the bus, I want to make sure we’re going to offer this in Lake Mills. I don’t want us to feel flippant about a discussion about buses, I want us to at least think about and what the costs would be,” Manning said.
Discussions on the bussing issue are still ongoing at this time.
If inclement weather were to cause problems for the June 5 ceremony, district officials said the ceremony would be held June 6.