The Macon R-I Board of Education met for their regular monthly meeting Thursday night in the central conference room.
School lunch prices will rise by ten cents for the 2013-14 school year. The current lunch prices of $1.60 for elementary students and $1.70 for middle/high school lunches will be $1.70 and $1.80, respectively. The price increase comes as a result of the Child Nutrition Authorization Law that mandates if lunch prices average less than $2.51 the prices charged to students must be raised by five to ten cents per year until compliance is reached. "If we do not pass the increases, it will impact the amount of federal reimbursement that we will receive," said Superintendent Dr. Chuck Stockton.
Director of Operations Marshall Gingrich told the board that the renovations in the elementary school are progressing with a few minor setbacks. Renovations are still planned to be completed by the time school begins in August.
In other action the board:
• Approved revisions to the 2013-14 handbooks.
• Accepted the bid for milk from Prairie Farms.
• Accepted the bid from Sara Lee for bread products.
• Accepted the food bid from C&R Markets for the employee Back-to-School Picnic which will be held on Monday, Aug. 19 at the Expo Center beginning at 6 p.m. Board members will serve as cooks for the picnic.
In executive session the board accepted the resignation of Carol A. Skouby as special education paraprofessional. Michelle Walters was hired as middle school special education instructor. Paul Shrum and William Weaver were approved as full-time bus drivers from part-time.
The board will meet on Thursday, August 22, at 6 p.m. in the central conference room for the next regular monthly meeting. A tax rate hearing will precede the meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m.