Thursday, May 26, 2016

District-wide free meals to continue

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), a part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, proved to be a success in Webster County Schools in the 2015-16 school year. The program, which made free breakfast and lunches available to all Webster County students, has produced an increase in the number of meals eaten by students.

CEP eliminates the burden of collecting household applications to determine eligibility for  free school meals by offering free meals to all students.

“Where it really helped is with those students whose parents were right on the free and reduced line,” said Food Service Director Valarie Knight.

School Board members voted, on Monday, to continue the program for the upcoming school year. 
One provision, however, the cost of adult meals needed to be adjusted to meet what the USDA was reimbursing the school for student meals.

“All our kids eat free, but adults have to pay,” Knight explained. “Currently the price for adults is less that what the government pays for students. That’s not good.”

To bring the two numbers together, the price of breakfast will be increased from $2.00 to $2.50 and the price of lunch will go from $3.00 to $3.50.

Also on Monday, following a round of interviews with lawyers interested in being the district’s attorney, the board opted to officially hire Roy Massey IV. Massey came aboard to fulfill the unexpired contract of Brandi Rogers after she was elected as Family Court Judge.

The contract will be with Frazer & Massey Law Firm in Marion, with Roy Massey being the designated representative for Webster County Schools. In the event Massey was unable to represent the board, the firm could still provide legal assistance to the district.

In other business, representatives of the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative (GRREC) were on hand Monday night to recognize Providence educator Rachel Wingo. Wingo has been accepted to a program that offers training to aspiring principals. It also helps to pay up to 85 percent of tuition for classes needed to make the move from educator to administrator.

“We are dedicated to developing people in Webster County Schools,” said Superintendent Dr. Rachel Yarbrough. Ms. Wingo is such a high quality educator everyday. We can go to her class any time or any day and see that.”

Providence Principal Greg Bowls added that Wingo was much more than just an excellent teacher.
“Day in and day out you can go by her class room and see the great things she is doing,” Bowls said. “But it isn’t just the things in her classroom. Her impact extends out into the community as well.”

Wingo and other participants in the GRREC recently attended administrator training at Harvard University.
Contracts were awarded to various vendors, including:
•Lifetouch - School pictures
•Custodial Supplies - Kenway
•Pest Management - West Kentucky Pest Control

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