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School lunch gets slight price hike
Board reorganizes for 2013-14 year
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

July 16. 2013 10:25AM
On average, students will pay a nickel more to eat breakfast and dime more for their noon lunches in the coming school year.

Superintendent Dave Pappone said rising food costs and federal regulations constituted the minimal increase.

At the elementary schools, students will pay $1.50 for breakfast and $2.45 for lunch.

Middle school students will be charged $1.65 per breakfast and $2.70 per noon lunch.

And at the high school, students will be charged $1.70 for breakfast and $2.75 for lunch.

An adult breakfast rises from $1.95 to $2, and an adult lunch has been increased from $3.20 to $3.30.

Day added for SRO
School Resource Officer Wade Else will have a presence in the schools five days a week this year instead of four.

Decreased to four days in the previous school year due to budget constraints, the district has bumped up its funding for the program to $40,000. “We just didn’t have enough budget last year,” Pappone said. “But it didn’t cause many issues although everybody involved felt more consistent coverage is more desirable.”

Pappone said the $40,000 the district budgeted for 2013-14 “basically pays for the school days” the SRO is on site.

Brandon Police Chief Dave Kull said there is value to having an SRO.

“I come from a time that if you had a uniform on, you weren’t allowed (in the school) because everybody was ‘afraid’ unless there was an emergency,” Kull said.

Board reorganizes for 2013-14

Cary Schroeder and Renee Ullom took their respective oaths of office at the re-organizational meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education on July 8.

The board agreed to meet at 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of the month in the BVHS Community Room, with the exception of July and December when only one meeting is held those months. Three other meetings – Oct. 15, Nov. 12 and May 27, 2014 – will be held on Tuesday rather than the usual Monday dates. One meeting in October and another in April will be held in the Valley Springs Elementary band room.

The Brandon Valley Challenger was selected as the official newspaper. First National Bank and Home Federal were named the official depositories.

Board members will be paid $45 per meeting.
Other business
The Board approved nearly $200,000 in parking lot grading, irrigation and playground improvements at Brandon Elementary and the high school.

At the high school, dirt work will begin on the development of a band practice field where the city skate parks once stood. Pappone said the practice field likely would not be ready for use this marching season.

Drainage is being improved on the playground area on the east side of Brandon Elementary, Pappone said. “It doesn’t drain properly and is constantly muddy,” he said.

BVSD Business Manager Paul Lundberg (left) swears in Cary Schroeder and Renee Ullom to the Brandon Valley Board of Education at Thursday's 2013-13 organizational meeting. Both Schroeder and Ullom ran unopposed for the two board vacancies. Photo by Jill Meier

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