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Home News-Telegram News Como-Pickton Schools: Seniors to graduate in stadium; Tustees agree to Holy Highway’s request to withdraw from district

Como-Pickton Schools: Seniors to graduate in stadium; Tustees agree to Holy Highway’s request to withdraw from district

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Como-Pickton Consolidated Independent School District reports two significant changes, one of which affect senior graduation and the other its satellite campus, according to Superintendent Kay Handlin.

Como-Pickton High School seniors for the first time in many years will graduate at the school this spring, while Holy Highway has asked to withdraw as a CP campus.

The graduation venue change was prompted by this year’s seniors, who told school officials they want to graduate at the school instead of traveling into Sulphur Springs to walk the stage at Hopkins County Regional Civic Center. Senior class officers polled the entire class, and after receiving unanimous suport, presented their finding and request to school administrators, Handlin explained.

The CPHS Senior Class of 2013-14 officers then petitioned the CPCISD board to allow this year’s graduation to be held in the stadium. The school board reviewed the request at a recent board meeting and approved the seniors’ request. Graduation 2014 will be held at Ron Heflin Stadium at the school campus.

Also, Holy Highway last year started the process of becoming its own recognized campus separate from Como-Pickton CISD. Officials at Holy Highway made the request last semester to CP school board to withdraw its status as a CP campus beginning this year. Como-Pickton trustees in December voted and approved the request for Holy Highway to be separated from CP CISD, according to Handlin.

To do so, the Holy Highway Christian Girls Home located on County Road 2391 in Pickton will have to meet state requirements for that change as it relates to schools and facilities of that nature, according to Handlin.

In the past, Holy Highway, a state licensed 501(c)(3) organization that has relied on donations and tuition rather than state funding, has been grouped with Como-Pickton CISD, a public school, on state accountability and testing standards ratings. The withdrawal of Holy Highway as a satellite campus should also change that too.

As of Saturday, the school’s website, www.holyhighway.com still listed Holy Highway as a satellite campus of CPCISD. 




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