Like so many other high schools, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced schools to consider alternative graduation scenarios. School officials have pledged that Taconic and Pittsfield High School will have a celebration later in the summer when circumstances safely permit.
The seniors at Taconic were known as the "class of change" and lead the way to break in the new school.
The new Taconic was opened for classes for the first time this year and the nickname "class of change" was given to the seniors. They were the ones to break in the new structure while watching the school that had spent the previous three years be torn down.
The first class to graduate from the newly constructed Taconic High School will do so at the Boys and Girls Club.
The graduation had typically been held in the high school's gymnasium. However, the new school's gym is smaller than the previous one and last year's graduation was the last one before the former home of the Braves was torn down.
An oil spill has led to contractors to dip more into the contingency fund for the new Taconic High School.
Jim Moran, project manager with Skanska USA, said during the demolition of the original school, a slab under the boiler room was removed, unveiling an oil spill contaminating the soil. The land there had to be remediated and rain had poured in requiring treatment.
The two received the Massachusetts Association of Superintendents Certificates of Excellence Wednesday night. One student from each high school wins the prestigious award annually and this year Taconic's Victor and PHS's Dumigan are the recipients.