School lunch price increase set
Food Service Director Brent Lexvold requested a $0.10 adjustment of student lunch prices for the high school, middle school and elementary full-pay students.
"Our prices are well below state and federal mandates," Lexvold said. "This slight increase will bring up the weighted average closer to the state level."
Lexvold said state and federal government numbers recommended a weighted average of menu prices of $2.86. The current price of lunch at Red Wing High School is $2.75.
The free kindergarten breakfast program, paid for by the state, will continue in the 2017-18 school year. Students who qualify for free or reduced meals do not pay for breakfast or lunch. Breakfast prices at all buildings will remain the same: $1.55.
Superintendent Karsten Anderson said the $0.10 increase in elementary, middle and high school levels seems appropriate.
"If you're trying to eat healthier, you will see that fresh fruit and veggies are just more costly," board member Steve Anderson said.
The $0.10 adjustment of student lunch prices for the high school, middle school and elementary full-pay students for the 2017-2018 school year was approved unanimously. Lunch at the elementary schools and middle school will be $2.60. Lunch at the high school will be $2.85.
Lexvold also reported on a new menu software, Nutrislice, that the district will be launching in the fall. Nutrislice, Lexvold said, will provide school menus with nutrient profiles, carbohydrate counts and allergen information.
"Students and parents will be able to download a mobile app to see the menu and information on their own devices," Lexvold said.
If a menu would change due to inclement weather, Lexvold used as an example, notifications would be sent straight to devices with the Nutrislice app. Lexvold pointed board members to view the Dover-Eyota school district's site as an example of the Nutrislice software.
Twin Bluff cafeteria remodel
The Twin Bluff Middle School cafeteria will be remodeled on the food service end, Lexvold said.
"The esthetics at Twin Bluff need to be increased with what kids are interested in now," Lexvold said. "The remodel will modernize the cafeteria."
Board member Bethany Borgschatz highlighted the sources of funds for Twin Bluff cafeteria improvements.
"The flooring will be redone with referendum dollar and the remodel is from the food service budget," she said.
The remodel updates will be scheduled over the summer in conjunction with referendum projects.
Personnel moves made
Hires: Dorita Bauer, cook at River Bluff Education Center, effective April 18, 2017 (due to a resignation).
Reassignment: Hillary Thom, special education teacher at Burnside Elementary School, effective 2017-18 school year (due to a reassignment).
Additional Hours: Donna Latuff-Langhans, head cook for summer food service program at Sunnyside Elementary School, effective June 5, 2017 - Sept. 1, 2017; Sheila Bergin, cook for summer food service program at Sunnyside Elementary School, effective June 5, 2017 - Sept. 1, 2017.
Unpaid Leave of Absence: Chris Rodgers, school social worker at RWHS, effective 2017-18 school year.
Resignation: Liz Magill, special education paraprofessional at RHWS, effective April 7, 2017; Brette Stockhowe, fourth grade teacher at Burnside Elementary School, effective June 2, 2017.
Retirement: Patti Dargus, nurse at Twin Bluff Middle School, effective June 2, 2017; Liz Crider, Title I education aide at Sunnyside Elementary School, effective June 2, 2017.
In other news ...
• Student School Board member Hannah Flemke reported that RWHS prom is Saturday, April 22. The grand march will be in the high school gymnasium at 5 p.m. Spectators for the grand march who have purchased tickets can go to the athletic doors, those who still need to buy tickets should go to the district office doors. Tickets cost $2 per spectator. Doors will open at 4:45 p.m..
• The district recently received three donations: stander equipment used to allow a student to stand and/or be transported from Amanda Haas, $2,000 from 3M for the robotics program and $1,000 from Jay McCleary for the sustainability club.
Meeting watch: Monday's meeting lasted approximately two hours and seven minutes. All board members were present. The next meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 1, at City Hall.
— compiled by Samantha Bengs, staff writer