Missouri school district votes to change Saturday high school graduations


(JTA) — A public school district in suburban St. Louis changed the graduation date of two high schools from a Saturday following complaints by Jewish families with students in the schools.

The Parkway School Board voted unanimously on Wednesday to change the graduations from May 19 to the Tuesday and Thursday before. The district’s other two graduations will remain on Saturday, according to reports. The evening of May 19 also is the start of the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.

A petition circulated by students asking for the date to be changed garnered more than 2,000 signatures.

Also at the meeting, the board said it would revisit having a Saturday graduation for all schools in the future and its president, Beth Feldman, apologized to the district’s Jewish students. The board had tabled a vote on the issue earlier this month.

The Parkway district serves eight municipalities in western St. Louis County, Missouri.

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