BSD to dis­cuss in­crease in stu­dent meal prices Mon­day

The Saline Courier Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - By Dana Guthrie dguthrie@ben­ton­courier.com

The Ben­ton School Board will dis­cuss an in­crease in price for both stu­dents and adults for the up­com­ing school year dur­ing its meet­ing Mon­day evening.

Ac­cord­ing to the sup­port­ing doc­u­ments ac­com­pa­ny­ing the agenda, the pur­pose of the Paid Lunch Equity is to en­sure that schools are charg­ing enough for the pay­ing lunches.

“The ex­pec­ta­tion is the fed­eral re­im­burse­ments for the free/ re­duced lunches should not sub­si­dize the paid lunches,” the doc­u­ment said. There­fore, the pay­ing price is a weighted av­er­age of your paid meals and should be equal to the free re­im­burse­ment rate.”

The doc­u­ments also say that the Child Nu­tri­tion Pro­gram is in­tended to be self-suf­fi­cient.

“We are to take our rev­enues and re-in­vest in the pro­gram,” the at­tach­ment reads “This can be achieved by in­vest­ing in our staff with in­creased wages, up­grade in equip­ment, ad­di­tion of pro­grams which leads to an ad­di­tion of staff, etc. We have started this process with in­creased staff wages over the next three years, the pur­chase of the new (Ben­ton High School) Cafe­te­ria equip­ment, It/soft­ware pur­chases to in­crease ef­fi­cien­cies and stream­line data, and lots more. But to con­tinue to im­prove and push for­ward, we must en­sure that the pro­gram can sus­tain be­ing self­suf­fi­cient.”

Other items on the agenda in­clude:

• A price change on the Mul­bery prop­erty.

• Stu­dent trans­fer re­quest.

• A pro­posed salary sched­ule stipend for an as­sis­tant band di­rec­tor.

• Per­son­nel recom­man­da­tions. The meet­ing is sched­uled to be­gin at 5:30 p.m. in the Chenault Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing lo­cated at 207 W. Con­way. All meet­ings are open to the pub­lic. So­cial dis­tanc­ing will be prac­ticed and masks are re­quired. As an al­ter­na­tive, the meet­ing will also be aired live on Face­book.

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