Shelby County Public Schools: Cost of school lunches could be on the rise

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By Todd Martin

The Shelby County Board of Education will look ahead to next year when it meets Thursday.

Although the location would be right, with the meeting moving to Southside Elementary, 728 Gingko Drive, the board will not take up any information on the new Southside building project. However, the board will look at a possible increase in the cost of school lunches next year.

The current cost for school breakfast is $1.05 at all levels, and lunch is $1.75 at elementary schools and $1.95 at the middle and high school levels. That cost can be adjusted, if students qualify for free or reduced lunch services.

A change in the cost of lunches will require a vote, and board members also will vote on the bond of depository, effective May 1, and on whether or not to employ J. Quintin Biagi, PSC Architectural Firm for the Wright Elementary roof project.

The board will hear an update from Chief Academic Officer Lisa Smith on the work toward the board goals, which were set last year.

However, Superintendent James Neihof reminded the board at last month's meeting that the year is not quite over on reaching board goals.

Also at the meeting, the board will:

Have a closed session for the discussion of legal issues.

Hear a first reading on revised board policies and a review of administrative procedures. These items were tabled at the last meeting to clear up some language with how to handle truancy issues.

Hear a report from Southside personnel on the third-grade Art With Heart project, which incorporates economics with art and community service.

Recognize Hanako Boucher from East Middle as the district spelling bee winner.