Twenty-nine Yorkville High School Students completed the necessary requirements to graduate in December, six months ahead of spring graduation.
Last week the CUSD 115 Board of Education approved the early graduations. The students will be eligible to walk with the rest of the senior class during spring graduation, Principal Ron Kiesewetter told the board. Kiesewetter told the board most students who graduate early tend to return in the spring to walk.
Additionally the recent graduates can still meet with school guidance counselors through the end of the spring semester to discuss their future plans, Assistant Superintendent Tim Shimp said.
Prior to early graduation Kiesewetter said he conducts an “exit interview” with the students and their parents to discuss their future plans. He said most students who seek early graduation want to get a head start on their college careers.
School Board President Dave Dockstader joked the early graduates would free up some space in the school, which is on the cusp of an expansion. Last week the board approved a plan to seek bids for an expansion of the high school, which is estimated to cost between $12 -$17 million. Bids are expected to go out in May with construction beginning July 1.
The project includes an expansion of the lobby in front of the athletic area, which officials said will ease some congestion in that part of the school and eventually a renovation of the locker room in the gym.
Additional expansions will include approximately 40,000 square-feet of new classrooms and additions to the learning resource center. Some of the new classrooms will be part of a second-floor addition. Hallways in some areas will be wider to allow ease congestion as students change classes.