City schools’ student meal prices to go up 25 cents
by DELANEY WALKER Banner Staff Writer
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THE CLEVELAND BOARD OF EDUCATION recognized three Cleveland High students who attended the recent Tennessee School Boards Association SCOPE conference. From left are Cleveland High teacher Patty Puckett, junior Lauren Rutledge, senior Meredith Markowicz and sophomore Chase Henderson. Banner photo, DELANEY WALKER
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The Cleveland Board of Education approved an increase to meal prices for students in the city school system for the 2014-15 school year at a recent meeting.

“Due to many different factors, school lunch prices are going up everywhere. However, we really debated on this one, as well,” said Director of City Schools Dr. Martin Ringstaff. “We looked at area school systems to make sure we were in line for where we stood on that.”

Prices will increase by 25 cents for students.

Supervisor of School Nutrition Susan Mobley explained the changes are a product of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.

“It’s been rolled out in pieces. This is just another piece of the puzzle. According to the paid lunch equity, we have to raise our prices again this year,” she said. “That is because they are expecting us to get to a threshold of the amount they reimburse us for free meals, which currently is $3.01.”

Prices only need to be raised by 10 cents every year. However, Mobley explained a 25 cent price increase means changes will only have to be made every other year. The current rules set forth by the paid-lunch equity dictate the next price increase would be for the 2016-17 school year.

Faculty, staff and visitor meal prices have increased by 50 cents for breakfast and 25 cents for lunch.

The new prices for school meals are as follows:

- Breakfast for students, $1.50;

- Lunch for K-8, $2.50;

- Lunch for 9-12, $2.75;

- Faculty and staff breakfast, $2;

- Faculty and staff lunch, $3.50;

- Visitor breakfast, $2.50;

- Visitor lunch, $4; and

- Visitor holiday meal, $5.

Reduced price meals will remain at 30 cents for breakfast and 40 cents for lunch.

Cleveland High Principal Autumn O’Bryan presented several changes to the dress code for students in grades 6 through 12.

A team compiled of high school and middle school administrators, parents and students were asked to participate on a dress code committee.

O’Bryan explained there were three reasons behind the dress code changes.

- Both teachers and students face an increased load in studies. If the students are out of the classroom for a dress code violation, then they are not receiving proper scholastic instruction.

- The dress code is geared to males. She cited the collared shirts and khakis as an example. She said girls needed to be given more choices.

- The students are “really great kids” who do not often give the administrators trouble through wardrobe decisions. O’Bryan explained the majority could be trusted to make proper outfit decisions.

Changes to the dress code include more variety in colors. This will include plaid print and pinstripes, among others. Wordage on appropriate outerwear for coats and jackets has been expanded to include lightweight jackets, sweaters, vests, sweatshirts or anoraks. Students are not allowed to wear “long or trench coats.”

Cleveland High teacher Patty Puckett introduced the students who attended the Tennessee School Boards Association SCOPE program to the board. These students included senior Meredith Markowicz, junior Lauren Rutledge and sophomore Chase Henderson. Each student thanked the school board for the opportunity to attend the conference.

Fellow Cleveland High teacher Julie Phillips followed Puckett’s student presentation with another recognition. This time she highlighted Model United Nations participants. Hannah Hicks, Landon Seaborn and Austin Herink had an opportunity to share their experiences with the board.

Board member Richard Shaw asked if Herink felt as if he was as good as the private school students.

“Some of them were pretty smart. I was like, ‘I’m smart, but there are levels,’” Herink said to much laughter. “I did notice the public school kids were more social. I felt we were able to get up, talk more and express our opinions. They had it in their [mind], but it was harder for them to get it out. I feel like there are advantages to both, but I am glad I’m a public school kid.”

Keep America Beautiful representative Joanne Maskew presented certificates to three Cleveland High students for the annual KAB essay contest. She said 13 of the 14 essays turned in came from Cleveland High. Winners included Nanea Haruo, first place; Sarah Bryan, second place; and Alexandra Paladian, third place.

Student recognitions continued as the board thanked student liaison Samantha Douglas for her service. She expressed her enjoyment for having served on the board. Cleveland High senior Reed Calfee will be the next student liaison. His duties will officially start at the June meeting.