RIVERBANK -- The members of the Class of 2008 at Riverbank High School will receive their diplomas in a different place this spring.
The bleachers at the school's stadium recently were condemned, forcing Thursday's graduation ceremonies to the quad.
Students have been given eight tickets for guests, as usual. Those guests will sit in 1,400 rented chairs rather than in the stands, which seat 1,300. After everyone is seated, school officials will open gates to those willing to stand, Principal Ken Geisick said.
Construction on the new bleachers will start this summer and should be complete in November.
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Football season will go on, Geisick said. School officials are considering portable bleachers for fans, or holding games at another location.
Decay, rot and erosion of the bleachers' foundation forced the school's insurance company, Central Region School Insurance Group, to condemn the 40-year-old, all-wood bleachers after track season ended this spring.
The school district has secured funding for new bleachers. A $780,000 state emergency repair grant for schools will help replace the stands and press box. The grant does not allow for expansion.
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