Per recommendation of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), a federally assisted meal program to provide nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day, the Swanville School Board approved, Wednesday, to raise its school lunch prices for the 2020-21 school year.

    The lunch price for high school students was raised from $2.70 to $2.80, an increase of 10 cents. For elementary school students, the lunch price was increased 10 cents, as well, from $2.55 to $2.65.

    The cost for breakfast remains the same, at $1.40 for high school students and $1.35 for elementary school students.

    In addition, the prices for breakfast and lunch for adults were raised, from $1.80 for breakfast to $2, a 20 cents increase, and from $3.75 to $4 for lunch, a raise of 25 cents.

Swanville School Board Briefs

    In other business Wednesday, the Swanville School Board:

    •    Discussed setting a travel policy that would require employees to notify the administration if they plan on traveling out of state. Once they return, he or she must self-quarantine for 14 days before entering any of the school buildings. Supt. Gene Harthan was directed to write the policy to be approved at the next board meeting;

    •     Approved hiring Tressa Geschwill as a paraprofessional librarian;

    •     Accepted bids from Kemps and Pan O Gold to deliver milk and bread products. There were no other bids;

    •     Approved waiving the fall academic eligibility for athletes;

    •     Discussed back to school planning, including possibly needing more staff, installing hand sanitizer stations and more depending on what model the district implements. Harthan said the district is waiting to hear what Gov. Tim Walz’s decision as to what back to school this fall will look like. Walz is expected to announce the model the week of July 27;

    •     Raised the pay for substitute teachers from $110 to $120 per day;

    •     Discussed pay for fall coaches. During spring, coaches were paid as contracted, although there were no spring sports due to the pandemic. Instead, the coaches were given a variety of tasks to do. The Board discussed whether to continue the same during the fall, not knowing if any sports will be held. No decision was made;

    •     Approved purchasing a UV light machine for $2,500 to help sanitize classrooms and other areas;

    •    Supported the suggestion on how parents and children of the trap team can help at various raffles and in exchange, possibly receive a deduction of the activity fee, as suggested by Grant Allen, president of the Sportsmen’s Club; and    •     Set the period for filing affidavits of candidacy for the office of school board member of Independent School District No. 486 to begin July 28 and close Aug. 11, at 5 p.m. Three members will be elected to the School Board for terms of four years each at the general election, Nov. 11.

    The Swanville School Board’s next regular meeting will be Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m. in the high school library.

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