Change in graduation plans given an "F" from parents

The Timmonsville High School graduation ceremony is taking place this year at the Florence Civic Center, instead of at the school's stadium.

The senior class voted earlier in the school year to hold the ceremony there, according to school board members.

The seniors then had a change of heart, officials say, and started a petition to hold it back at the school's stadium.

The district has already paid $1,600 to have it at the Civic Center and can't get the money back.

So, students will have to graduate there.

Some parents say now they can't get back the money they've spent on graduation invitations that say the event is being held at Tiimmonsville High School.

"My whole problem is the fact that there's no consideration to the parents in this issue. Every parent doesn't have a ride or a way to go to Florence. Timmonsville is an area that there is a lot of poverty," said Robert Lesesne.

Some parents said they like the idea of holding the event at the Florence Civic Center.

They added it's different and more quaint.

School board members said they only paid the money to the Civic Center after seniors said they wanted it there.

They added it's $2,400 cheaper at the Civic Center.

Board members say it would have cost them more than $4,000 to have it at the school's stadium because they have to pay to rent a state, sound equipment and decorations.

Some parents plan to ask the district to refund them the money they've spent on graduation invitations that can't be used.