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Slight increase in school lunch prices

by Dolores Hamilton
In order to meet federal guidelines on food nutrition and setting of lunch prices, the lunch prices on all four Iowa Park CISD campuses will be raised 10 cents next school year.
“We don’t have a choice on this, we have to raise lunch prices,” Superintendent Steve Moody told Iowa Park school trustees during their meeting Thursday night. Moody said on regular price meals the schools have to meet a certain threshold. “This determines how much the district gets reimbursed from the government for free and reduced lunches,” he explained.
The board members approved the increase in prices.
The following lunch prices will be in effect for the 2016-2017 school year: Kidwell Elementary, $2.20; Bradford Elementary, $2.45; W.F. George Middle School, $2.75; Iowa Park High School, $2.75; Adults (all campuses) $3.50; and Guests (all campuses) $3.50.
The district will continue to provide breakfast free of charge for all district students.
The 2015-2016 STAAR-EOC results, presented by Jodi Schlaud, showed good results for Iowa Park schools. “Compared to other schools in the sate and Region 9 we are faring very, very well in Iowa Park,” Moody said.
Trustees approved the Region 9 ESC Services Contract for 2016-2017. The cost is $60,574 for the multiple services it provides during the year.
Trustees also approved policy changes for Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System, and Texas Principal Evaluation and Support System.
The board reviewed the HB5 District and Campus Community Engagement ratings, and the investment report was given by Sharon Godwin, school finance director.
During the superintendent’s report, Dustin Hostas was appointed as a delegate and Shawn Price alternate to the Texas Association of School Boards Conference.
Moody said renovation of the training center/board room in the school administration building should be completed by the end of June or first of July.
Trustees approved the hiring of: Erin Rivers, Kidwell Elementary, PPCD; Billy Perkins, high school teacher/coach; Jeremy Kirk, middle school teacher coach; Nona Laminack, middle school counselor; Kristina Whitaker, Kidwell Elementary crossing guard aide; Amy O Villanueva, high school special education teacher; Brenna Hoegger, middle school ELA/coach; Blake Smith, middle school PE/coach; Kyle Wells, high school science; and Jaqueline Wuthrich, high school PE/girls coach.
Resignations were accepted from Carol Newton, middle school teacher/coach; Sarah Osterman, high school special education teacher; Ashley Seal Peterson, high school teacher; and Diane Reese, high school attendance clerk.