DOBSON — Surry County Board of Education members will be asked to review proposed lunch price increase options to set the paid lunch price for the 2014-1015 school year at their regular June 3 meeting. The 5 p.m. meeting will be held in the system’s central office.
According to information from Director of Nutrition Sherri Parks, Section 205 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires all School Food Authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch program ensure sufficient funds for meals served to students not eligible for free or reduced price meals.
This Paid Lunch Equity Requirement applies if the average paid lunch price is less than the difference between the free and paid federal reimbursements rates. Under this requirement, the SFA must increase the average paid lunch price by a factor of two percent plus the annual inflation rate from the Consumer Price Index (2.27 percent).
Parks’ information indicates the mandatory percentage increase rate for the 2014-2015 school year is 4.27 percent. Any school system charging less than the minimum price average of $2.65 is required to gradually increase prices until the average is reached or provide additional, non-federal support for lunches. Current lunch prices for the system are $2 in grades K-5 and $2.20 in grades 6-12.
According to the agenda, the board will recognize school employees for writing competitive grants which are used to enhance student educational opportunities. Typically, individuals being recognized have had grant proposals funded and receive 10 percent of the value of the grant up to $1,000 per funded proposal.
The board is also slated to congratulate students involved in Special Olympics Project UNIFY, which is an education based program which uses Special Olympics sports and education initiatives to inspire youth to foster an environment of respect, dignity and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities.
The agenda indicates four North Surry students will be recognized for their participation in a “Spring Into Life” Organ Donation Assembly. Speakers at the assembly included North Surry Career and Technology Education Teacher Willie Hodges, kidney transplant recipient, and Sophomore Shaun Calhoun, a double lung transplant recipient.
Presentations on replacing the press box at Surry Central as well as a project request from Eagle Scout Wesley Freeman are also on the board’s agenda.
Reportedly, Surry Central had developed engineering blueprints which have been approved by a school planning group but an estimate of $98,000 for this project caused planners to regroup and consider a scaled down modular press box. The new structure proposed will be a raised brick modular unit with restricted rooftop access for coaches. Central’s Booster Club has raised $65,000 for this project with future plans to full fund the initiative.
The board is also expected to announce the Surry County Schools Employee of the Month. This honor is awarded to employees demonstrating collaboration, excellence in their job, and those making a significant contribution to the school, districts, students, employees or community.
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