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Manatee High plans to sell graduation seats

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Latrofia Williams plans to get a good view of her son getting his high school diploma when he graduates from Manatee High in less than two weeks.

"I plan on being here by 7 o'clock," she said.

What she won't be doing is shelling out big bucks for front row seats inside Hawkins Stadium.

"I feel it's not fair I feel everybody should be treated the same," Williams said.

"I'm looking to offset the cost of graduation," said principal Don Sauer.

The principal says the school was coming up a couple grand short, so a school advisory council member came up with the idea to sell 10 rows of prime seating. Each row costs $200, and can seat up to 15 people

"It ends up being about 2 percent of our seats, paid for 25 percent of our graduation fees," Sauer said.

"This is no way being able to take any money from my kids," he added.

He expects 5,000 to 6,000 people at graduation; the vast majority will be in free first-come-first serve seats.

"They can bring as many people as they want to graduation they are not being restricted any way shape or form," Sauer told FOX 13.

Seniors do have to pay $20 to participate in the ceremony, but senior fees are common in the district. The principal says he'll drop it for those that can't afford it. Williams says that's fine, it is the seats-for sale she isn't sold on.

"A chair is a chair," she said.

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