Miller Grove elementary students will pay 50-cents more per week for school lunches this year and students will be greeted by six new staff members.
Although elementary lunch costs are going up by 10 cents per day, breakfast prices and costs for secondary and adult meals will remain the same.
Elementary students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade who do not qualify for free or reduced meals will pay $1.25 for breakfast and $2.45 daily for lunch.
Students from sixth grade up through 12th grade will pay $1.50 a day for breakfast and $2.75 for lunch. Adults will continue to pay $2 for breakfast daily and $3.25 for lunch.
Most schools have implemented at least a small rate increase this year to meet federal guidelines established in “National School Lunch Program: School Food Service Account Revenue Amendments Related to Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.” The interim rule requires food service authorities participating in the National School Lunch Program “to ensure sufficient funds are provided to the nonprofit school food service account for lunches served to students not eligible for free or reduced price meals,”
In essence, schools were given the option of either adjusting their average lunch price by increasing the cost of the meal or coming up with non-federal funds to add to the food service account. Districts aren’t required to increase the paid lunch cost by more than 10 cents per year.
Breakfast will be served from 7:30 a.m. to 8:05 a.m., leaving students 10 minutes before the tardy bell rings at 8:15 a.m. for classes. Students will report for the new school year begining Monday, Aug. 25.
The elementary lunch price isn’t the only thing new at Miller Grove Independent School District this year. Students will be greeted by six new teachers.
“All of the new teachers are replacing teachers who left to take other school district jobs,” according to MG High School Principal Kim Irby.
Inge Heijliger was hired in May to teach Spanish. Previously, Marcy Hayden taught Spanish and English.
Brandon McClure was also hired in May; he will teach agriculture. Last year, Stephanie Lynch and Brian Jackson shared duties as agriculture teachers; both reportedly submitted their resignations in the spring.
Emma Hudson will be the new business teacher. She replaces Julie Smith, who resigned her classroom post at MGISD to become the student services and testing coordinator at North Hopkins ISD.
Ashley Miller will teach both junior high social studies and English. Previously, Kyle Smith taught social studies and athletics, according to the district website; he turned in his resignation in the spring.
Yan Heijligers will be teaching junior high math; Lance Durham taught math last year. He recently resigned.
The new fourth grade teacher will be Jaime Huddleston. Lindsey Watson Cipoletta resigned as fourth grade teacher at the end of the school year in order to accept a position as physical education coach at Sulphur Springs Middle School.
Teachers will report at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 18-22 for in-service activities.
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