School lunches to increase at SISD

At Monday night's meeting of the Sweetwater ISD Board of Trustees, approval was given to increase prices for the district's school lunch program.The increase is federally mandated, and the district opted for the required minimum increase of ten cents for student prices. And for the first time in four years, adult prices will increase by a quarter.For next school year, student prices will stand at $2.50 for Sweetwater High School, $2.45 for Sweetwater Middle School and Intermediate School, and $2.40 for East Ridge, Southeast and J.P. Cowen. Prices for adult staff will now be $3.25, while adult visitors will now pay $3.75.In addition, the application for the OFYP (Optional Flex Year Program) was approved, which assists in testing remediation and retesting for some older students, while other students can benefit from ending the school year a few days earlier. The district feels like the flex days have proven to be beneficial, and the application is for up to nine flex days.Also approved during the meeting was the reorganization of the board. Mark Meneses will now serve as board president, with Neal Hoover in the role of vice president and Leah Andrews serving as secretary. In professional personnel changes, five resignations, one retirement and four new hires were approved, while two resignations and three terminations were noted for paraprofessional personnel.Furthermore, a couple amendments to the Business Procedures Manual--which assists in complying with various regulations at the local level--was approved. The consent agenda was additionally approved, which consists of the minutes of the April 24 meeting, investment statement and delinquent tax lot bids, along with the April 2014 financial statement and bills.