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Morristown will have a prom

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MORRISTOWN – The junior prom is taking shape.

At an organizational meeting on Wednesday, parents, students and community members came together to continue their work ensuring there will be a prom this year at the Morristown Fire Hall. In the wake of last year’s budget cuts at Morristown Central School, the junior class has been left without an advisor, meaning they are unable to plan a prom through the school.

It also means the class is unable to easily access their $5,000 account which has accumulated through the years.

Superintendent David J. Glover said the regulations that exist to protect that money from improper use are now restricting the ability of the kid’s to use it.

But Mr. Glover said he is in touch with the state Education Department and hopes to be able to use some of that money for the prom if the junior class decides that’s what they want.

“In the end the extracurricular money is the kids’ money,” Mr. Glover said.

Mary M. Paquette, one of the organizers, said the junior class should try to fund raise as much as possible regardless of whether or not they gain access to their account at school.

“It would be better if we didn’t have to dip into the $5,000 account,” Mrs. Paquette said, adding that that money will also need to be used for the class of 2014’s senior year.

To that end the class will be fundraising with Peter A. Paquette acting as the prom treasurer. Angela C. LaJoy, a Hammond resident who has planned several proms there in the past, is also helping out with the Morristown prom this year after being asked by organizers to lend her expertise.

Ms. LaJoy said the prom “should pay for itself” through ticket sales.

Mr. Glover said last year’s prom had roughly 50 students.

This year the junior prom will be open to Morristown students from grades nine through 12, along with their dates from other schools.

Alcohol screening will also be done at the door to ensure the prom is safe and clean fun for the class.

Anyone looking to get involved with the effort or donate should contact Jennifer H. Hall at 528-6545 or Mary M. Paquette at 276-8202.

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