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USC prom, post prom, headed out of the city

By Staff | Nov 22, 2015

Though it seems that prom just ended, plans for this spring’s prom has already begun for United South Central as the USC School Board discussed the idea of having an off-site prom location last Tuesday at their regular meeting.

The School Board took a vote, and their decision was unanimous.

Kathryn Johnson, USC’s bookkeeper, shared with the board that USC’s post-prom committee, comprised of parents of USC students, requested an off-site location to have the 2015-16 post prom. This request led to the idea of having all of prom be off campus.

The post-prom committee had the idea of visiting Koda Sports Center in Prior Lake for post-prom. Though the location would cost upwards of $2,000. The post-prom committee’s thought would be that for the number of activities at the sports center available, the cost would be worth the extra expense.

“There’s swimming, rock climbing, ice skating, along with many other activities,” shared Johnson. “The idea is to actually have prom at the Crystal Lake Golf Club in Lakeville, then bus over to the post-prom location.”

The Crystal Lake Golf Club, too, had a price of $2,500 but included a meal, decoration set up, and the room rental for the evening.

Buses to send the students to and from the locations were also a question. Johnson said the details of how they would send students who did not want to attend post prom from Lakeville back to Wells was still a question, but two coach buses for the students would be another $2,500.

The growing concern from the board was the cost not only to the school, but to the students as well.

“We have done off-site prom locations before,” shared Johnson. “It is doable and we already have fundraising set up. We will be participating in three basketball concessions, two middle school dances, and are raising student fees to $30 to help with the cost.”

Johnson said there would also be the possibility of having to purchase a ticket in order to go to prom.

The cost of the prom ticket is yet to be determined but is going off of the cost of $25 from years past.

Costs involved in the post-prom ticket pricing would be through the post-prom committee, which is a separate entity from the school.

So students would not only have their student fees increased, but would have to pay two separate ticket prices; one for prom and one for post-prom.

Chairwoman Kathy Krebsbach was concerned that if students could not afford the ticket price, would they be able to still attend prom.

“I would hate to see students being kept from an experience due to costs,” said Krebsbach.

Johnson stated that ticket prices have been covered in the past for students who cannot afford it.

School Board student representative Bethany Koziolek was asked for her input on the matter.

“I think it’s a great idea. The school has done it in the past and last year we had prom here in the new school. I think it would be fun to go somewhere else,” said Koziolek.

Though the plans are not set in stone for prom, a lot of planning has gone into the off-site idea and is continuing to be planned.

The decision of the off-site prom location was unanimously approved by the board.

The board then went into closed session for a few different topics, one of which was to discuss future negotiations with the personnel committee, while the other topic was to further discuss the bids received for USC’s old school lot parcels one, two and three.

Next month’s meeting will be held on Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. A truth and taxation meeting will be held at 6 p.m. with the regular School Board meeting to follow.