The Harlan Community School District’s Board of Education approved 128 seniors as the graduating class of 2013-2014. In a board meeting Thursday, the board approved the final list presented by Superintendent Justin Wagner and High School Principal John Connell. The senior class will graduate at commencement ceremonies on Sunday afternoon.
In addition, the board heard from four seniors in regards to their Legacy Project. Every year, the senior class at Harlan Community has tried to leave a lasting impression on the school. This year a group of ten individuals from Mr. Swanson’s business class decided to undertake a legacy project. The class decided to create a portrait made up of all the communities representing the Harlan Community School District.
The four seniors at the school board meeting were Taylor Leinen, Nate Gettys, Rhiana Chickering and Savanna Scheffler. The students hope the Legacy Project becomes an annual project by the graduating class. The class designed six different portraits that are hung up in various areas in the school district with three in the high school and one in each of the outlining school building.
The eight communities in the school district Corley, Defiance, Earling, Harlan, Jacksonville, Panama, Portsmouth and Westphalia are represented by different pictures in each portrait. The other students participating in the Legacy Project were Elizabeth Blum, Shelby Gettys, Broghan Kelly, Morgan Meyer, Sidney Mills and Jordan Schaben. Superintendent Justin Wagner said the students worked hard to make each design unique.
“That was the other thing that took a lot of time. That was good, attention to detail and taking the extra time to put in different pictures for each one. So if you have seen one, you haven’t seen them all. Great project and appreciate all the time you put into it and Mister Swanson as well.”
In other business, the board approved the 1 to 1 computer purchase of 170 laptops for the upcoming freshman class in the fall of 2014. Lisa Swanson said the purchase was under budget by $24,000 through Riverside Technologies. The purchase price for the new laptops was $157,096.40.