2017-05-17 / Front Page

Archbold School Lunch Price Goes Up

It will cost an additional nickel to eat a school lunch in Archbold schools in 2017- 18.

Aaron Rex, superintendent, gave that information to the Archbold School Board during its Monday, May 15 meeting.

The move is an effort to show state of Ohio officials that Archbold is moving closer to what is called the equity price for a school lunch.

The equity price is $2.86.

The figure is based on $3.16 the district receives for each free or reduced-price lunch that is served, minus the 30 cents the district is reimbursed for a full-pay lunch.

The reimbursement comes from federal government funds.

With the five-cent increase, a school lunch for kindergarten through fourth grade will be $2.50 next year. For higher grades, a school lunch will cost $2.75.

The price for a B-line, or basket lunch, remains $3.

Rex said the basket lunch is a popular option.

District officials need to show the state they are making an effort to reach the equity price. Even with the increase, the lunch prices are still in line with other area districts.

Sandy Babcock, head cook, said in the elementary school alone, cafeteria workers are serving 340 meals a day.

Babcock also talked about menu requirements for healthy foods put on schools by the administration of Barack Obama, former U.S. president.

With the change to the administration of Donald Trump, president, some requirements have been tabled.

Reports

In her report, Dorothy Lambert, elementary principal, said the incoming kindergarten class is a big one.

As of Monday night, there were 117 youngsters signed up for kindergarten. There are six sections of kindergarteners, with 19-20 in each section.

“I don’t know where they’re all coming from,” she told the board.

There has also been a change in the elementary spring musical.

In the past, there was a spring musical every other year, and it involved the third and fourth grades.

This year, the format switched to a spring musical involving only the third grade, every year.

Lambert said the change was recommended by Courtney Froehlich, music teacher.

“It’s easier to manage 100 students (third grade only) than 200 (third and fourth combined),” Lambert said.

Royal Short, high school principal, said exams for seniors are May 23-25, while other students will take their exams May 26-31.

AHS commencement is Sunday, May 28. The board approved the list of 100 graduates, pending completion of all state and local requirements.

The measure included attendance awards for two foreign exchange students.

Short said the Archbold Athletic Boosters and the AHS Athletic Department will honor AHS athletes who participated in three or more sports during the year.

This year, there are 33 three-sport athletes, who will be honored at awards night on Tuesday, May 23.

The number of triple threat athletes is down slightly, he said.

Each three-sport athlete will receive a T-shirt and a numeral 3 lapel pin.

Short reported more than 200 senior citizens turned out for the Senior Citizen Luncheon, April 28. Turnout for the event “is growing every year,” he said.

This year, Short said the school ran out of food and had to order pizza to feed the students who were working the event.

Short also said the North- west Ohio Athletic League honored scholar-athletes in spring sports. A student must be a senior, earn a letter in a spring sport, and have a 3.5 or higher gpa during the school year.

Thirteen students were honored.

Matt Shields, middle school principal, said 62 eighth-grade students visited Washington, D.C. The trip included a tour of the Gettysburg (Pa.) Civil War Battlefield.

Sidewalk

Rex said the village will install a sidewalk on the north side of Lafayette Street that will connect South Defiance Street to the elementary school.

The sidewalk will make it easier for students to cross north to get to the schools without having to cross Lafayette Street twice.

All board members were present.

The next meeting is Monday, June 19, 4:30 pm.

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