LEWISTOWN - The proposed location of the Mifflin County High School prom caused some commotion in the community after it was posted on the school district website this week.
The first Mifflin County High School prom will be held May 26 at the Mifflin County Youth Fair Green Building in Reedsville, according to the announcement on www.mcsdk12.org.
However, Principal Mark Crosson said the location is tentative.
To set a date for the combined junior/senior prom, school officials had to secure a location that would accommodate a large group of students, he said.
"That certainly doesn't mean the (youth park) location is set in stone, but I didn't want to be left with no options at all," Crosson said.
School officials estimate that 600 to 800 students will attend prom, too many to fit comfortably in the Mifflin County High School common area, which seats about 440, or the gymnasium, Crosson said.
Ultimately, the decision about a location will be up to the senior class, Crosson said. Today, the students will be presented with several options for prom, most of which include the school as a location, he said. Seniors will vote on the options, he said.
One possibility is to have the tables and food in the high school commons area and the dancing in the gym, he said.
School officials searched for alternative locations that could accommodate up to 800 people, but returned with few options, Crosson said. Local venues such as the country club are not big enough, and Centre County locations are expensive and far to travel, the principal said.
Safety and occupancy codes also are important considerations, he said.
"We even discussed having two separate proms - a junior one and a senior one - but were concerned that this would be more divisive and would keep the kids apart," Crosson said. "I really want to do what the students want because it about them in the first place."
Within the next few days, they hope to have a decision from the senior class, Crosson said.
The tentative schedule for the evening is promenade at 6:30 p.m. and prom from 8 to 11 p.m., according to the district website.