Orange High School’s graduation ceremony may cost nearly $25,000 –

PEPPER PIKE, Ohio – The Orange Board of Education has hired an event-planning and decorating business to coordinate Orange High School’s graduation ceremony this year.

On Monday (March 29), the board approved a contract with Pink Gorilla Balloons of Warrensville Heights to set up and run the ceremony at a cost not to exceed $24,446.

The event is scheduled for May 30 at Lewis W. Black Stadium, where Orange plays its home football games. The time is to be determined, although Orange High School Principal Paul Lucas said the district is aiming for 4 p.m.

A rain date has been set for June 6.

The cost includes:

· $9,775 for two LED screens, each 18 feet by 10 feet, along with a video processor and video camera and a live-feed operator.

· $4,200 for a 32-foot-by-24-foot covered stage, including a black theater drape backdrop and stairs on both sides.

· $4,000 for 600 folding chairs with black chair covers, along with delivery, installation and removal of the chairs. Lucas said the district will rent the chairs but will purchase and keep the chair covers.

· $2,991 for sound and audio equipment, including speakers and a generator for needed power.

· $3,250 for labor and on-site staff.

Superintendent Lynn Campbell said the board was asked to consider approval of the contract on first reading to secure