Tuesday, July 10, 2012

School Board to Consider School Meals Price Increase and Opening and Closing School Times

        The School Board of Broward County, at its regular meeting on June 19, 2012, considered the following:

        For the first time in six years, the School Board looked at an increase in meal prices for the 2012/13 school year.  The School District’s last increase occurred in 2006 and prior to that, there had been no increase since 1988.

        If approved, the meal price increase would be 10 cents for paid breakfast and lunch meals for elementary middle, high and center schools; including adult meal prices. Breakfast would cost $1.20 in elementary schools and $1.30 in middle and high schools. Lunch would cost $2 in elementary schools, $2.35 in middle schools and $2.50 in high schools. For adults, breakfast would cost $1.80 and lunch would be $2.75. The reduced meal price of 30 cents for breakfast and 40 cents would not change.

        Additionally, the School Board considered  approval of the opening and closing school times for the 2012/13 school year. Schools are scheduled to open and close at times that will best utilize existing resources to provide transportation services and accommodate student and program growth. Proposed staggered bell times would minimize operational cost impact to the District.

        For students at nine Broward schools – one high school and eight elementary schools – this will mean an extended 30 minutes of class time added to their school day. The additional 30 minutes would allow for innovative instructional opportunities to support student achievement as required by a federal grant program – School Improvement Grant (SIG). The SIG program is a three-year grant focused on meeting the needs of students at nine low-performing schools that were identified by the state. Schools benefitting from the extended day are Coconut Creek High, Dillard Elementary, Imagine Charter Elementary @ North Lauderdale, Larkdale Elementary, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary, North Fork Elementary, North Lauderdale Elementary, Sunland Park Elementary and Walker Elementary.

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