It’s graduation season and most El Paso high school students walk across the stage and get their diploma at the Don Haskins Center at UTEP. Renting the Don costs money, but exactly how much money are local school districts paying for the use of the Don Haskins Center?

Well, it depends on which school district you ask.

The El Paso Independent School District, Ysleta Independent School District, Socorro Independent School District, Gadsden Independent School District, Clint Independent School District and Canutillo High School are the districts that use the Don, and until the ceremony is over, they don’t know how much the make the check out for.

KVIA says that it will cost each of the district’s at least 10 thousand dollars based on quotes from recent years.

CISD had only one school graduating and paid a little over 11 thousand dollars to UTEP for the Don.

EPISD with their 12 high school graduation ceremonies in the past have paid about $5,200 for each ceremony, or about $62,000 in total. EPISD officials say because of the number of people who normally attend a high school graduation, having ceremonies on school campuses isn’t an option and that’s why they use the Don. EPISD also says that they hope that being in the venue will encourage students to pursue higher education.

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