McGraw BOE receives update on summer school schedule and more – Cortland Voice

Members of the McGraw Board of Education with their buildable pizza night pizzas at a recent BOE meeting. (Photo source: Chelsea Horak of The Cortland Voice).

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

The next McGraw BOE meeting will be Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the library.

Savor the summer

The meeting was held in the school cafeteria, which lent itself well to the make-your-own pizza night organized by the students presenting the summer school programs. The students also presented council members with personalized aprons, while showing off their newly acquired culinary skills and knowledge of local dairy products.

The BOE enjoyed the freshly made pizzas while listening to the students and teachers who participated in the summer programs, which involved sampling a variety of New York State dairy and produce. Students in grades 2-5 and 6-8 participated in programs that taught them about agriculture by picking berries, making butter, visiting farms and even eating pie Apple.

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. The students also toured the 1890 house, and the museum offered to let the students return for an evening tour for an even deeper experience. The older group also traveled to Syracuse to learn more about the Erie Canal and hiked to several local falls where they learned about the waterways and invasive species.

New year, new…

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