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School board briefs

March 23, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

School lunch prices won't be increased



A systemwide wellness policy to help reduce childhood obesity is on Washington County Public Schools' menu for next year. Higher lunch prices are not.

According to Food & Nutrition Services Supervisor Gary Dodds, the school system has increased student participation in the breakfast program by 7 percent, while participation in the lunch program is up 8 percent this year. The system had hoped to post a 5 percent increase, he said.

The Board of Education voted Tuesday night to approve a food services budget that includes no price increases.

At 50 cents for a quarter-pint, the system's milk prices are tied with three other school systems for most-expensive in the state, according to information provided by Washington County Public Schools. Six systems in the state offer more-expensive elementary school student breakfasts, and five systems in the state offer more-expensive middle school and high school breakfasts. In Washington County, those meals cost $1.

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At $1.70, Washington County elementary schools' lunch prices beat nine other school systems. Seven school systems offer lunches at more expensive prices than the $1.95 Washington County middle schools and high schools charge.

According to information provided by the system, nearly 11,500 students regularly eat school lunches, while almost 4,500 students start their days with school breakfasts.




Lighting, repaving work projects OK'd



Three separate projects costing a total of about $300,000 were approved Tuesday night by the Washington County Board of Education.

The contracts include: $98,600 for a dimming system replacement for the Smithsburg High School auditorium, $93,585 to repave the parking lot of the administrative building and $94,000 for repaving the Williamsport High School service entrance.

The board also approved high school history books costing more than $117,000 and math texts totaling $65,000.

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