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Mercer County discussing graduation alternative for Class of 2020

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MERCER COUNTY, W.Va. (WVVA) - On Tuesday, Governor Jim Justice announced the closure of West Virginia schools for the remainder of the year.

Nevertheless, he urged all 55 counties to find a way to put on some type of graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020.

Mercer County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Deborah Akers, along with Assistant Superintendent, Todd Browning, met with school administrators Thursday. The group gathered to begin discussing possible alternatives to a traditional graduation.

While the county is still in the early stages of planning, Dr. Akers understands the value of honoring this year's senior class, regardless of circumstances.

"Graduation is a milestone that is very, very important to all of our families," she said.

"But, we can't go down this road thinking that it's going to be the same as it's always been," she continued. "That's not where we are. We also are charged with the responsibility of protecting the health and safety of our community as well as our students."

Dr. Akers expects to receive additional information from State Superintendent Clayton Burch and the Graduation Task Force early next week.

Nick Dugan

Sports Director

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