Green Forest school board to discuss increase in lunch prices

Saturday, June 16, 2012

GREEN FOREST -- On Monday night at Green Forest High School library, the school district's Board of Directors are slated to discuss federally mandated raises in school lunch prices.

"It's a federal requirement that we increase adult and student lunches 5 cents," Green Forest Interim Superintendent Andrea Martin said on Thursday.

However, the board will consider the continuance of the school district paying the student's portion of reduced lunches.

"I think we were the first in Arkansas to qualify for reduced lunches, and the district pays around $15,000 a year to give these children quality lunches," Martin said.

As well as annual reviews of property, vehicle and mobile equipment insurance, the Board of Directors will also consider professional service contracts from outside sources for Special Education purposes and will vote on acquiring a handicap accessible school bus.

The Board of Directors is also scheduled to vote on full-time classified employee minimum hourly rate increases for the 2012-2013 school year.

"The new hourly rates are $8.02 and we have a couple of employees that will have their pay changed to this," Martin said. "It's required by federal law to do this."

An annual review of school policies and participation in federal programs for the upcoming school year are also topics to be discussed by the Board. And action is required by law to consider the 2013-2014 Green Forest School budget, as well as consideration and action on transfer of funds for the ending balance of the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years.

The last portion of the meeting is scheduled to be closed to the public for the board to discuss personnel issues.

The meeting begins at 5 p.m.

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