O’FALLON – After several years with no increase, the price of a lunch in District 90 will be going up this August when school resumes.
The Board of Education voted to approve an increase that will cause the price for a student to increase by 35 cents to $2.65. Lunches for adults will cost $3. According to Superintendent Carrie Hruby, most school districts normally enact small incremental increases, but District 90 hadn’t done so in a number of years, making the increase seem significant.
“Typically what happens is you make small changes. Five cents or ten cents each year. We hadn’t done that in a number of years and so we’re looking at a bigger increase because the time had been missed,” Hruby said.
Hruby explained the increase had to happen as a result of a mandated equity tool that looks at how much a school district spends on lunch programs from federal funds and from local funds. Because the district hadn’t made any increases, the federal government essentially said the district is too reliant on federal funds and they needed to collect more locally.
In other business…
The Board of Education recognized the various District 90 staff members who were retiring at the end of the 2015-16 school year. The following teachers and staff members were honored:
Debbie Hargrove, 4th Grade Teacher, 19 years
Carol Hauer, 4th Grade Teacher, 16 years
Jaye Coers, Social Worker, 23 years
Cathy Kasson, 6th Grade Science Teacher, 28 years
Bonnie Harper, Individual Care Aide, 12 years
Marcia Kempton, Before and After Care Caregiver, 11 years
Maria Murray, Noon Hour Supervisor and Before and After Care Caregiver, 26 years
During the committee updates, the Board discussed its special education programs. The board had decided to establish a committee to review the dsistrict’s special education programs after District 203 began to withdraw from BASSC.
“The committee looked at the data to see what services we’re providing, details of what we’re providing and what BASSC is providing, and they also analyzed the cost of each of those and what the future looked like for our needs as a district. This isn’t necessarily to decide whether or not we’re going to pull out of BASSC, but its just to study and see, overall, what our costs are,” Hruby said.
Following a presentation by the special committee, the Board of Education opted to keep the committee together and continue analyzing the district’s options going forward.