As unfortunate as it is, the Clay Community Schools Board of Trustees unanimously approved a measure Thursday to increase the price of meals for the 2012-13 school year.
During the board's July meeting, Clay Community Schools (CCS) Director of Personnel Data and Food Services Carolyn Kumpf approached the board with the news.
According to Kumpf, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has set income guidelines school corporations must follow when it comes to setting prices.
Kumpf said the current USDA standard is $2.28 for meals. Prior to Thursday, the weighted average of CCS meals was $2.21.
Kumpf said USDA officials had explained to her in order for the corporation to meet USDA guidelines, CCS had to do one of three things, including:
* Raise prices to a weighted average of $2.25,
* Raise prices to the USDA recommended price of $2.28, or
* Raise the elementary prices by 10 cents to meet the recommended standard.
Kumpf suggested the board approve raising prices across the board to a weighted average of $2.25, for a $9 increase per student for the entire school year.
She said if the prices were not raised, the USDA could come in and raise prices period, which could jeopardize free or reduced lunch prices.
Kumpf added raising the prices to a weighted average of $2.25 would not affect reduced lunch prices.
The board approved the measure, although members admitted they were reluctant to do so.
Meanwhile, the board also nominated and elected officers for the remainder of the year. The board chose to stay with its current group of officers until Dec. 31, 2012.
In the past, the Indiana School Boards Association (ISBA) recommended school boards statewide elect officers during July meetings, primarily because school board officials were elected during the primary season.
However, this year, school board members will not be elected until November. Still, the ISBA suggested boards statewide nominate and elect officers for the rest of this calendar year.
In other news, the board:
* Voted to appoint Tim Gorman as corporation treasurer and Marsha Wyndham as deputy treasurer,
* Approved employee bonds,
* Designated newspapers for legal advertisements, including The Brazil Times, Clay City News, and Parke County Sentinel,
* Appointed Tucker, Gorman and Tom Reberger as members to the Bid Opening Committee,
* Established meetings times and dates for the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m., at North Clay Middle School. April and October meetings will still take place in Clay City. It was also recommended the current locations be utilized until the new central office location is completed,
* Approved to retain Jeff Boyll as corporation attorney. It was also approved for Boyll to not be placed on retainer, but rather be used for needed moments only. The board also approved to maintain Bose, McKinney and Evans for "major legal issues," and Barnes and Thornburg for financial matters,
* Approved the Northview and North Clay Athletic Handbooks with additional language. The additional language provides a disclaimer that coaches can add to their specific sports handbook, which must be approved by the school athletic director, placed on file, and sent as notification to parents,
* Approved Jackson Township Elementary School textbook rental and fees, as well as Clay City Elementary (sixth-grade only),
* Approved the Northview and North Clay Coaches' Handbook changes,
* Approved a measure to allow for placement of special education students in alternative services or private residential school placements,
* Approved school bus pickup and dropoff times,
* Approved a fuel tank quote from Midwest Maintenance and Construction Co., Inc., and Excel Equipment, LLC, in the amount of $91,415.71, for equipment and installation of fuel tankers at the new bus garage facility,
* Approved a quote of approximately $49,000 for furniture for the corporation's new central office and an approximate value of $5,000 for installation,
* Approved the designation of a head custodian for the Clay City campus,
* Approved the appointment of Caroline McCullough to the Brazil Public Library Board of Trustees,
* Approved the resignations of Northview Assistant Principal Jeff Gambill,
* Approved the transfer of North Clay Assistant Principal Pete Kikta to Northview,
* Approved the transition of Dorene Kenworthy from North Clay Principal to Assistant Principal,
* Approved the hiring of Northview boys' basketball coach Clint Weddle, Northview girls' soccer coach Laura Trennel, Northview girls' golf coach Bob Treash and Northview boys' tennis coach A. Craig Cook,
* Received first readings for the Classified Handbook revision, Bus Driver Handbook revision, Administrative Handbook revision, Head Custodian Job Description, Custodian Job Description revision and Health Care Client Services Agreement, and
* Approved a measure to approve alternate quotes for the technology infrastructure at the new bus garage facility.
The board meets regularly on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Its next meeting is scheduled for Aug. 9.