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Free breakfasts to continue for District 518 students, pending school board approval

Should the school charge money for breakfasts, which about 60% of students get, it would generate about $25,000.

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WORTHINGTON — School breakfasts for students should continue to be free, the District 518 Board of Education’s Operations Committee decided Tuesday, and that recommendation will go to the full board for a final decision at its next meeting.

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Should the school charge money for breakfasts, which about 60% of students get, it would generate about $25,000.

“I think it’s a program we should encourage, but not charge (for),” said school board member Mike Harberts.

“I don’t think it’s worth it to be clicking nickels and dimes together,” said Steve Schnieder, also a school board member.

“It’s going to be hard enough the way it is for lunch, which we have to charge for,” added Superintendent John Landgaard.

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District 518 will also adjust the adult lunch prices to $5 from $4.90, after the Minnesota Department of Education feedback stated the fee was not high enough.

The committee’s decisions will go before the school board at its meeting, set for 5:15 p.m. Tuesday.

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In other news Tuesday, the committee:

  • Learned that District 518 will receive about $28,000 in energy rebates for the Intermediate School building.
  • Approved a tax rebate through the Nobles Home Initiative for Marcos Ramos for two lots, pending full board approval.
  • Received a draft diagram of the school’s organizational structure, which will require a few changes before it is finalized.
  • Discussed the school’s new position rating system, which allocates job points for each position, using a form of the state’s job system. 
  • Reviewed a drone policy for the school district that will allow the school to maintain control of the airspace above its buildings.
  • Received updates on the school’s building projects, which are on schedule.
  • Learned that the school needs at least eight more teachers, including one more fifth grade teacher.
A 1999 graduate of Jackson County Central and a 2003 graduate of Augsburg College, Kari Lucin started writing for newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota in 2006. During her time as a reporter, she covered beats including education, watershed, county and agriculture, and frequently wrote about health and science. She has also served as an online content coordinator and an engagement specialist at various Forum Communications properties. She was a marketing assistant at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville for two years, where she did design work in addition to writing and social media management.

Lucin is currently a community editor with the Globe of Worthington.

Email: klucin@dglobe.com
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