McGraw BOE receives update on summer school program & more

The McGraw Board of Education members with their pizzas from the build-your-own pizza party at a recent BOE meeting. (Photo Source: Chelsea Horak of The Cortland Voice).

The McGraw Central School District Board of Education (BOE) recently met to hear from the summer school program and prepare for the start of the school year.

McGraw BOE’s next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the library.

Savoring Summer

The meeting was held in the school cafeteria, which lent itself well to the build-your-own pizza party being thrown by the students presenting the summer school programs. Students also presented board members with personalized aprons, while showing off their newly acquired cooking skills and knowledge of local dairy.

The BOE enjoyed the freshly made pizzas as they heard from students and teachers who took part in the summer programs, which involved sampling a variety of New York State’s produce and dairy. Students from grades 2-5 and 6-8 participated in programs which taught them about agriculture by picking berries, making butter, visiting farms and even eating apple pie. 

The community was also part of the classroom, with students visiting Diescher Farms for sweet corn, Trinity Valley for chocolate milk and cheese curds, and Little York lake for fishing. Students also visited the 1890 house, and the museum has offered to let students return for a night tour for an even more in-depth experience. The older group also traveled to Syracuse to learn about the Erie Canal, and hiked to several local falls where they learned about waterways and invasive species.

New Year, New…

Personnel, textbooks, and a scholarship were approved by the board in preparation for the year ahead. The BOE approved appointments for several positions, including school nurse, bus driver, dispatcher, substitutes, and others. International Agriculture has been added to the course offerings, along with several textbooks to support the class. A new scholarship was established for a boy and a girl from the class of 2024 by benefactor Bill Stiles. The BOE also approved administrative guidelines and handbooks for the upcoming school year.