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School board asked to boost price for lunch

Friday, April 6, 2012

McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook School Board will be asked to approve increased lunch prices and contracts for new teachers, at its regular meeting Monday, 6:30 p.m. at the Junior High conference room.

The increase is needed to meet new federal guidelines concerning government reimbursements to schools offering free- and reduced-price lunches. To meet the new federal guidelines, the McCook School system was notified last year that it will have to increase meal prices by 30 cents.

In June 2011, the board approved a 10 cent price hike for school breakfasts and lunches, with the idea to increase prices gradually. Another 10 cent increase would be implemented in two years, with an additional 10 cent increase two years after that.

Superintendent Grant Norgaard said at the March board meeting that schools do not have the five to six years they thought they had to get to that level, so the increase is coming sooner rather than later. The board first discussed the increase at its March meeting but tabled any action until more information was received.

The board will also be asked to approved contracts for new teachers, including one for Robin Bennett as the school psychologist.

Other action the board will be asked to take include:

* approve staff resignations

* approve modifications to the academic eligibility policy. State law now requires a passing grade in four classes per semester to be eligible for school activities. The policy is being modified by committee members to require passing grades on a weekly basis.

* approve selling of surplus items

* approve administrative compensation package

The board will meet in closed session after the regular meeting to discuss the administrative compensation package.


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