Board to vote on 5-cent hike in lunch fees

By Bryan Richardson

The genesis of discussions about the 2012-13 school year will occur at the USD 383 Board of Education meeting at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday at Robinson Education Center.

The board will take first action on school meal prices, student fees and textbook rental, and textbook adoption and purchase. It will take final action on teacher, administrator and superintendent contract renewals for the 2012-13 school year.

The administration is proposing a five-cent increase for lunch, which would generate approximately $16,000, according to estimates. Lunch would be $2.45 for elementary students, $2.60 for secondary students and $3.40 for adults.

Based on the administration’s proposal, student fees and textbook rentals would increase in the following manner: $1 (three percent) for textbook rental fees, $1 (three percent) for student materials, $1 (20 percent) for the Manhattan High School West Campus student planner, $4 (15 percent) for MHS-W activity ticket and $21 (10 percent) for Driver’s Education fees.

The board will also discuss the development of a facility-naming policy in a first-action item. This proposed policy comes from a February discussion with representatives of the MHS Booster Club, who spoke to the board about starting a private fund raising project for artificial turf at Bishop Stadium.

The club mentioned the possibility of the naming rights to the stadium being purchased by a big donor to the project. USD 383 currently doesn’t have a policy for this particular situation.

The administration noted that the Kansas Board of Regents policy concerning these projects includes a contribution schedule that begins with $250,000. If a project costs $250,000, the donor must contribute 100 percent of it. A $500,000 project requires a $300,000 (60 percent) contribution, and a $1 million project requires a $350,000 (35 percent) contribution.

The booster club said at the February board meeting that new synthetic turf would cost between $750,000 and $1 million.

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