St. Mary Parish school lunch prices to increase by a dime
CENTERVILLE, La. — Lunch prices will increase by 10 cents for St. Mary Parish students who pay full price. Cost for reduced lunch students and breakfast will remain unchanged.
The St. Mary Parish School Board voted Thursday night to make the change based on federal subsidies. The school system has increased the lunch meal price by 10 cents each school year since 2011-12 to bring the average price charged for paid lunches closer to the national reimbursement rate, which changes every year, according to School Food Service Supervisor Mary Grimm-Howard.
Full paying students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade will pay $1.55 in the coming school year, while sixth through 12th graders will pay $1.80. The reduced lunch price will remain constant at 40 cents per day.
Breakfast will remain the same at this time, with students paying 30 cents for a reduced meal and 75 cents for full paying students. School board employee lunch prices will remain at $2.75. Visitors will pay $1.85 for breakfast and $3.75 for lunch. The visitor price is subject to change, Grimm-Howard said.
Also Thursday, the board granted permission to hire Patterson City Attorney Russel Cremaldi to represent the school board in obtaining land relating to the potential new junior high school there.
The contract states that both parties understand Cremaldi is the city attorney for Patterson and that the project will involve dealings with the City of Patterson. Both parties agree that the contract will not include any services Cremaldi deems a conflict of interest, according to the contract presented Thursday.
A month ago, the board called an Oct. 19 election asking residents from the Calumet Cut to Southwest Boulevard in Bayou Vista to approve a 15-mill property tax to replace Patterson Junior High School. Included in the plans is construction of a new multi-purpose building at Hattie Watts Elementary.
In other action, the board:
—Rejected a proposal on a vote of 6-5 to begin a pilot program that would have created four early dismissal days for high school students so their teachers could meet for student progress review and intervention at grade reporting times.
—Agreed to assist in funding the cost of a new K-9 officer for Morgan City Police Department. The board put $2,500 toward the $7,300 cost of the dog and a two-week course for the handler.
—Held an executive session to evaluate Superintendent Donald Aguillard. Board President Murphy Pontiff said Aguillard received an excellent rating.
The superintendent has one more year on his current contract.