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Lady Antebellum trumps Richmond County high school graduations

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011 9:26 PM
Last updated Monday, June 25, 2012 7:25 PM
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Lady Antebellum did more than sell out its May 22 concert at James Brown Arena in five minutes earlier this month.

That concert also bumped a previously scheduled day of Richmond County high school graduations. The system’s high schools have used the arena for two days in late May the past several years for commencement ceremonies.

The district did not sign a contract with the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority to cement the dates May 21 and 22, even though they have long been announced on the system’s and schools’ Web sites and other publications.

“Lesson learned,” said Lynn Warr, the district’s executive director for high schools, at a school board meeting Tuesday. “We’ll sign the contract in July.”

Warr proposed changing the dates to May 20 and 21. But several board members objected, saying the dates should stay the same and the location should change. Augusta State University’s Christenberry Fieldhouse was given as a possible alternative.

The administration will come back to the board with a firm proposal in January.

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nanowerx
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nanowerx 12/14/11 - 08:07 am
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Wow, what an amazingly

Wow, what an amazingly heartless, money-grubbing move by the Arena commissioners. I remember graduating there in 2001, the county has a lot of history working with the James Brown Arena and Bell Auditorium, so it is a shame that the dollar signs of a Lady Antebellum concert would have them tripping over themselves to tell High School graduates to take it elsewhere, a pop-country band is more important. That is pretty saddening, no wonder the Augusta Entertainment Complex is bleeding money, they have horrible PR.

Pretty lame.

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Little Lamb 12/14/11 - 08:38 am
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Some of the most fun

Some of the most fun graduation ceremonies are held on the football field of the school. How hard would that be, especially since we have those nice, new stadia all around town.

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sstea 12/14/11 - 08:39 am
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I don't see how anyone can

I don't see how anyone can blame the arena. They are operating a business and the school district did not sign thier contract with them. Just like Ms. Warr said "Lesson learned." Why would you have it scheduled on your calendar but not finalize it with the venue?

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jamc1103 12/14/11 - 10:57 am
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I couldn't agree more. This

I couldn't agree more. This is not the arena's fault. How would they have known that the Board scheduled the graduations on those dates, if the Board never reached out to the arena?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/14/11 - 11:12 am
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Have an online, chatroom,

Have an online, chatroom, graduation.

gaj265
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gaj265 12/14/11 - 03:13 pm
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jamc1103: It was not stated

jamc1103: It was not stated that the JBA did not have the dates, just that the contract was not signed. I believe that the contract is not usually signed until shortly before graduation dates.

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Willow Bailey 12/14/11 - 06:57 pm
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Too bad, get with the program

Too bad, get with the program and handle business like business. The JBA did the right thing.

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reba530 12/14/11 - 08:53 pm
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They need to have their
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They need to have their graduation a day earlier and not make these kids wait. Im sure they want to get on with their lives instead of having to wait an extra day because someone screwed up

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