By Nancy Schaar
Food Service Director Barb Burns presented members of the Carrollton Schools Board of Education an update on the financial status of the district’s cafeteria.
Burns noted in 2013 when she took over management of the cafeteria, the district received $189,138 for meals sold. During the 2014-2015 school year, the district received $243,262 in meals sold.
“That is up about $34,000 for the same time frame,” said Burns.
Students pay $2.60 per lunch and receive nutritious, healthy, fresh food. Burns said a lunch meal parents purchase at a grocery store costs $3.81 and a fast food kid meal is at least $3.75.
“Parents can make sure their children have a healthy lunch and using the excuse it’s too expensive, just doesn’t work any more. Our meals are very affordable,” continued Burns.
She thanked teachers and staff members for purchasing meals at the cafeterias as well as students.
In an unrelated matter, Augusta principal Christina Hull reported on future testing dates for students.
Hull reported Ohio’s State tests will measure a student’s progress towards Ohio’s Learning Standards. Students in grades three through eight will take the state test covering English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies one time during the 2015-2016 school year. Districts have the option of giving the test on a computer, paper or a combination of both, according to Hull.
Each test will be 180 minutes long and will be divided into two parts. Districts will be able to choose whether students take the test in one day or in two 90-minute sessions. Tests will be administered during the spring of 2016.
In other business the board:
– DID not adopt the proposed five-year forecast due to the absence of the treasurer at the meeting. The issue will be addressed at a special meeting to be held by the end of October.
– HIRED Brittany Smith, effective Oct. 5, and Brooke Smith, effective Oct. 14, as teachers and James Frantum, effective Sept. 8, as a bus driver. All are limited one-year contracts.
– APPROVED changes to many sections of the board policy book.
– AUTHORIZED four overnight field trips for the Speech and Drama club for the school year.
– AGREED to oppose House Bill 70, which would change how the state can close a school or take over a school that is failing. It would give the state the authority to appoint a CEO to oversee the school and the CEO would have the power to eliminate parts of a union contract with the teachers
– ABOLISHED one full time cook position. A cook retired and the district does not plan to fill the position.