McGraw BOE holds annual organizational meeting – Cortland Voice


(Photo source: McGraw Central School District website).

The McGraw Board of Education (BOE) met on July 14 for its annual organizational meeting.

Looking forward

The meeting began with the swearing in of new BOE members, Kristina Maricle and Rebekah Stull, who together recited their oath of office. The board then nominated a candidate for each position of president and vice president, with unanimous results for both elections. President Tony Opera and Vice President Cheryl Kenyon will each reprise their roles from last year and were sworn in together.

The BOE approved several measures in preparation for the 2022-2023 school year, including mileage and substitute reimbursement rates, as well as the list of substitute teachers themselves. The district will continue its participation in the New York School & Municipal Energy Consortium (NYSMEC) and the Rural Schools Association (RSA).

Out with the old, in with the new

The BOE also addressed the removal of surplus items from school buildings, including books for pupils to choose from until they leave. The board approved the purchase of a new Steinway piano, as well as the purchase of textbooks for use in an anatomy and physiology course that will be offered for the first time in the coming year.

The council accepted several donations on behalf of the district, which included a ping pong table, 24 Stryder bikes, gift cards, $500 for STEM equipment and $5,000 for Marching Band equipment and uniforms. . Donations came from individuals, local businesses and the town of Cortlandville.

Preparing parents and students

Student and parent handbooks for elementary and secondary schools were also approved at the meeting. The manuals include codes of conduct, policies, and contact information for individual schools in the district. Manuals are available on the McGraw website via BoardDocs.

A bite of tooth decay

The BOE has also received information on the School Health Center Dental Program (SBHC-D) for the 2021-2022 school year. Through this program, underserved students in the area received low-cost or no-cost dental care from the Family Health Network (FHN) team of professionals. Several local schools participate in the program, with McGraw students receiving nearly $8,000 in dental care last year. Services provided include screenings, cleanings, fluoride, education, dental sealants and others.

The year to come

The board approved its schedule for the 2022-2023 school year, choosing to meet approximately the first Thursday of the month, with several additional meetings as needed. The next meeting of the BOE will take place on August 11.

BOE meetings are open to the public, unless otherwise specified, and are usually held in the high school library at 6:30 p.m. Policies for addressing the board can be found on the district’s website through BoardDocs.


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