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School board expected to vote on increase in lunch prices

Friday, May 11, 2012 | 4:14 p.m. CDT; updated 10:45 p.m. CDT, Monday, May 14, 2012

COLUMBIA — The Columbia School Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Columbia City Council Chambers, 701 E. Broadway. It is expected to vote on updates to several policies regarding disclosing information about former employees and an increase in school lunch prices.

Some items the board will vote on:

  • A 10-cent increase in school lunch prices that would raise prices to $2.50 for secondary students and $2.25 for elementary school students.

    The increase results from a part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act requiring districts in the National School Lunch Program to provide the same level of support to students eligible for free and reduced-price lunches and students who pay normal lunch prices, according to the board’s meeting materials. District spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark said this increase would cost each student about $17 more per year.
  •  Amendments to several policies to include procedures about the disclosure of information regarding allegations of sexual misconduct with a student. Under the amendments, Columbia Public Schools would be required to disclose that information to other school districts asking about potential new hires.

    The district must also provide due process in each case before releasing this information. These changes are being recommended by the district’s policy committee in response to updates to policies by the Missouri School Boards' Association, Baumstark said.
  • An amendment to an existing policy on professional staff salaries. Employees requesting higher pay for completing graduate school coursework may do so through October 15. Previously, they had to request the salary increase by September 15. 

Other agenda items include:

  •  An update from the Ad Hoc Transportation Committee about the potential to use a three-tier bell system, which would break up school beginning and ending times into three groups. This would allow the district to reduce the number of buses it needs and reduce transportation costs.
  • An update on the reorganization of secondary school teachers for when the district transitions to intermediate schools of sixth through eighth graders in 2013. 

What’s next?

The next school board meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. June 11, and the location of the meeting will be announced later.


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