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Gowanda holds Lunch with a Cop event

Submitted Photo Max Graham, Gowanda Board of Education President, was re-elected to the Board last month. Graham, a member of the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department, visited the District for a recent “Lunch with a Cop” event.

GOWANDA — The Gowanda Central School District recently welcomed several members of law enforcement to campus for a recent “Lunch with a Cop” event. The plan was put in motion by School Resource Officer Ben Shields.

Among the participants was Board of Education President Max Graham, a member of the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department. After some students were hesitant at first, Graham said, “You could tell that some have different relationships, and hopefully we can start building those positive relationships at a young age.”

At a recent Board of Education meeting, the District offered condolences after the loss of former teacher Kelly Arrington, who passed away recently at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

The Board also offered congratulations to Derek Milne for being named the WNY P-Tech Student of the Month in the month of May.

Gowanda Superintendent Dr. Robert Anderson also expressed thanks for the community support at its annual budget vote. “I’m grateful and very thankful for the community support,” he said.

All five propositions on the ballot passed, including the budget, a vehicle purchase from reserve funds, the establishment of a capital reserve fund, funding of the aforementioned repair reserve, and allocation of funds to local libraries. Max Graham was reelected with 242 votes, the most of all five candidates for three open seats on the Board of Education. Newcomers Sue Bettker and Crista Monat were also elected to the Board of Education.

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