LISD discusses potential lunch price increase at regular meeting

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The Lewisville ISD Board of Regents will discuss a potential price increase of school meals and the renewal of an employee referral program at its regular meeting 7 p.m. March 19 at the Bolin Administrative Center.

The board will discuss potentially increasing the price of full-price meals by five cents. This potential increase relates to the USDA’s lunch equity tool, which calculates the minimum prices for paid lunches to ensure that reimbursements from National School Lunch programs, which LISD participates in, are enough for the federal government to run free lunch programs. A five cent increase would produce about $103,000 in additional revenue for the Child Nutrition Program, according to board backup documents.

This fiscal year’s lunch equity tool has not been released yet, but the district anticipates a five cent increase in meals. This would result in an elementary school lunch price of $2.60 and a secondary full price of $2.85.  

In related news, the board will also be updated on its contract with Aramark Educational Services, the food management company with which LISD has contracted since 2015. Aramark’s proposed fees for the 2019 fiscal year, which will be the fourth of a five-year contract, total at $682,917.

The board will also hear its annual update on child nutrition and school start times, which were set at 7:45 a.m., 8:20 a.m. and 9 a.m. for elementary, high and middle schools respectively this year.

The board will consider setting a maximum price for projects to expand and renovate the Bolin Administrative Center and complete the Flower Mound ninth grade campus. Both projects were approved and funded in the 2008 bond. The construction companies are charging $4.4 million and $1.5 million, respectively. Both numbers are within budget, according to board background material.

The board will consider approval of an employee referral incentive as a recruitment tool in high need areas. A similar program was approved last year, which resulted in 16 new hires from 28 recommended candidates and $3,000 in incentive money paid to 14 school staff members.

The identified areas of need are bilingual and sign language teachers, academic and vocational life skills teachers, functional life skills teachers, behavior improvement center teachers, communication teachers and corresponding instructional support aids. Staff members are offered $250 per teacher and $150 per instructional aid that they refer.

On the consent agenda, the board will consider several requests for proposals and contract renewals. These can be found on the full agenda for the meeting.

The school board meets on one Monday per month, with workshop meetings scheduled to fill informational gaps. Scheduled meetings can be found on the board’s website.