Prom tickets now plentiful
The short waiting list for prom tickets at Tuscola High School was handled this weekend after school officials arranged to make more space available at Laurel Ridge Country Club for the event.
In past years, the Tuscola prom has been held at DeerPark in Asheville, but rising prices, plus a desire to keep the event local, prompted a change, said Bill Nolte, associate superintendent of schools.
About 300 students had been attending the prom, Nolte said, noting that Maggie Melville, who has done an excellent job handling the prom in recent years, worked out an arrangement with Laurel Ridge Country Club to hold the event there.
Tickets went on sale several weeks ago and were reserved for juniors and seniors only, Nolte said. Less than a dozen were sold. Tickets have cost $35 in past years, and the price would have had to be increased if the venue hadn't changed.
When the requirements were loosened so that the upperclassmen could purchase a ticket for themselves and a guest who could be from another school or an underclassman, the list grew to 300, the capacity level for the space reserved at the club.
There were about 8 to 10 students on the waiting list Friday," Nolte said.
The situation prompted a second look at the space needs, and the country club was able to arrange for more area, which would alleviate earlier concerns, Nolte added.
"We were trying to keep the revenue here and keep costs down," Nolte said. "We don't anticipate having to exclude any junior or senior who wants to attend the prom."