Gowanda school board discusses graduation attire

GOWANDA – Graduation attire for seniors participating in commencement exercises was a topic of discussion at a recent board meeting.

Dr. Robert Anderson, high school principal, said a group of Native American students would like to wear an eagle feather attached to their caps during graduation ceremonies. The students even wrote a letter to the board of education asking for permission. Eagle feathers are given to students during a milestone in their lives and represent respect and honor, according to the letter.

Currently, through Title VII the district buys stoles for Native American students embroidered with each student’s name. These were already purchased for the Class of 2013 and the district. The board decided since the request was after the stoles were already purchased, the district would not honor the request for the Class of 2013 to wear the feathers.

The board also saw a presentation from the SPARKLE Club, a group of fourth-grade females who meet once a month to do crafts and promote self-esteem for the girls. The club is advised by elementary teacher Ashley Driscoll. The SPARKLE Club has 47 girls for the current school year.

“We teach the girls how to sparkle from the inside out,” Driscoll said.

The board also approved the use of the pool during the summer for adult education exercise classes at a cost of $1,300. It was also announced by the district that due to funding cuts for Title VII, a home school coordinator was reduced and the director’s time will be redistributed. The board of education also held a public hearing on the Student Internet Content Filtering/Safety Policy which is required by law.

The public hearing saw no public comment.

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