By Ellen Parson
Topping the list of action items at the June 28 Belton Board of Education meeting was approval of a resolution to enter an agreement with Apple for technology upgrades in an amount not to exceed $1 million for no more than three years.
Also on the financial front was the decision to raise lunch prices for the 2012-13 school year by $.10 per student. Falling in line with many other local districts, Belton board members approved this recommendation in order to continue receiving funding for its free and reduced lunch program. As part of the Federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, schools participating in the National School Lunch Program are required to charge the same price per lunch for all students. Currently, the reimbursement rate for free and reduced lunches is $2.46. Until the district reaches this level for all students, it will be required to increase lunch prices by a minimum of $.10 per student. This increase does not affect the cost of snacks. As a result of this vote, modifications to next year’s food service pricing schedule are as follows:
• Elementary- $2.10
• Middle and High School - $2.30
• Adult - $3.25
In other business, the board approved the NEA/ESP Memorandum of Understanding, capital projects transfer for FY12, final FY12 budget amendment, FY13 preliminary budget, and the Sodexo Facilities Management Contract for three years. It also approved the resignation/retirement of certain certified personnel as well as the retirement of one non-certified personnel in the district.
Next on the list was approval of the 2012-13 administrative and classified salary schedules as presented. Motions also carried to approve employment of certified personnel, B-Schedule personnel, and substitutes (certified and non-certified) as presented at the meeting. Finally, all recommended residency applications and transfers were approved.