Cloverdale schools raise lunch price slightly

Thursday, April 16, 2015

CLOVERDALE -- The Cloverdale Community School Corporation Board of Trustees voted to approve a slight increase in the cost of lunches.

Superintendent Greg Linton said the increase of 10 cents will raise the 2015-16 paid student lunch cost to $2.65 and the adult lunch price to $3.10.

Linton said the gradual raise in lunch price is state mandated, and the school is still charging 5 cents less than the suggested increase.

The Indiana Department of Education has required schools to begin increasing the cost of paid lunches to offset the remaining cost of free lunches after the federal reimbursement.

"We are trying to keep our lunches affordable, but also follow the state mandate," Linton explained.

The school board approved a proposal for summer school program Snails to Trails. The proposal requests expanding the program to grades 4 to 6 and a few students in grades 7 and 8. The request notes the reason for wanting to include additional students is due to a decline in school enrollment.

This year, there will be two sessions offered so students can choose the session that best fits their summer schedule.

The program, which is self-funded, will take students to South Bend, St. Louis, Hillsboro, Metamora and Brown County for various activities ranging from riding a canal boat to learning to eat in a formal dining setting.

During a discussion of claims, Linton noted a couple high priced items listed that are not normally listed. A claim totaling about $8,200 covered the cost of a hot water heater, kitchen line cooler and a water pump in the middle school. Another claim of $7,600 was to replace the summer boiler, which is smaller and used when the entire school does not need heated.

In other business, the board:

* Recognized for the April students of the month, third grader Eli Kelley; fifth grader Kendall Faletic; and high school senior Brantson Scott. Trinity Rairdon, freshman, was recognized as the high school's March student of the month.

* Reviewed the handbooks from each school and the athletic department. Linton said there have been minor concerns brought to his attention, and those will be forwarded to the building administrators before approval.

* Approved a resolution of official intent to reimburse expenditures. Linton explained this allows the school to pay for items or services with cash on hand, then reimburse the funds once the money is available.

Board members Donna Fidler and Daniel Hofmann abstained from the vote.

* Approved the summer school session, set to run June 1-19.

* Approved one elementary certified teaching position and one classified position for IREAD 3 summer school session, as well as two high school certified teacher positions for summer school.

* Approved the professional leave requests of 11 teachers in April and May for various clinics and conferences.

* Approved 18 field trips for April and May, including two overnight and two out of state trips.

* Approved the resignation of Cloverdale High School math teacher Malinda Mann.

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