October 28, 2021

SAD 24 lunch program praised

VAN BUREN — The SAD 24 board of directors heard some good words about the district’s lunch program, took care of some housekeeping matters in open session, then spent most of the night reviewing staff evaluations Wednesday night.

Superintendent Wayne Mowatt said the a la carte lunch program which went into full swing this year was deemed one of the best in the state. He said to meet federal school lunch subsidy guidelines, the district must account for costs on a cash rather than accrual basis.

The board increased the adult lunch price from $2 to $2.25. Mowatt said that according to guidelines, the cost for non-student meals must meet or exceed the actual cost of preparation.

Directors unanimously approved the second reading for a modified class standing policy. Students will get credit for some new courses and activities and might benefit from a reduced differential among academic, standard and basic courses.

Mowatt said letters on the district’s intent to begin negotiations were sent to all employee groups. To date, he said, the secretarial and teacher aide unions have responded.

Directors also approved a fund-raiser for the American Heart Association and agreed to sell a 1977 buggy to high bidder Michael Roy for $130.

They spent the rest of the night in a review of continuing contract teacher evaluations.

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