An agenda item for a middle school field trip to the Manning Avenue Cemetery left some Butler Public Schools Board of Education members scratching their heads Monday night.
But Superintendent Mario Cardinale said the students in the seventh and eighth grade science classes were planning on taking a trip to the cemetery to study geology.
"It's about the weathering of stone and other solid material," he explained.
Cardinale said the science teacher has indicated that gravestones provide a good sample for study for the students and will be incorporated into lessons of the classes. Since it was approved, the students will plan to take the trip to the cemetery on Oct. 25.
Board Member Cindy Sokoloff noted that the cemetery also has historical appeal and that the students are sure to learn a great deal.
"The history of Butler is enshrined in that cemetery. I suspect there will be a lot to learn there," she said.