Parents and students should expect to pay a little more to eat in the Elk Lake School District next fall.
“There will be an increase,” Elk Lake Superintendent Kenneth Cuomo told school board members during their Wednesday, April 5, meeting.
“In general, a 25 cents increase across the board with the exception of milk. Milk will not increase at all,” Cuomo said.
Student breakfasts will increase from $1.15 to $1.30; adult breakfast from $1.75 to $2.00; elementary lunch will go from $1.90 to $2.15; secondary lunch from $2.00 to $2.25; and the adult lunch jumps from $3.65 to $3.90.
“For the elementary, we’re losing approximately 17 cents per meal served and for the high school at a minimum of seven cents per meal served, currently. So we need to make an adjustment and by making this adjustment we will at least come out even and not be losing money,” Cuomo said.
“It will generate more revenue, but the concept of the cafeteria is not to make money on the backs of the students and parents; it’s to make it a sustainable program so at least we’re not losing and to provide as many options as we can,” Cuomo said.
Answering a question from board member Arden Tewksbury, Cuomo said he did not have exact figures on the expected increases in revenue but would be getting them to share before the board’s next meeting.
Cuomo asked board members to approve two bond payments which are due: one for $575,922 for the SCCTC construction project and the other for $260,276.25 for the JCI energy savings project.
Susquehanna County Career Training Center Director Alice Davis announced a $400 donation from Dawood Engineering Inc. to the center’s welding program “for the purchase of materials and/or equipment necessary to provide a meaningful educational experience” for students.
Assistant High School Principal John Warnero informed board members that the student council is sponsoring the Elk Lake Tropical Color 5K Walk Run on Saturday, April 29. Check in is at 8:30 a.m. by the pavilion near the elementary playground. Friends and families are invited. Registration is $15 per person. The walk run will begin at 9 a.m. Tickets includes a t-shirt, color packet, temporary tattoo, a Lei and a bottle of water.
Board president Eric Emmerich announced that at 6 p.m. that evening the board had entered an executive session prior to Wednesday’s meeting to discuss personnel matters.
In other business, the board:
*Announced a Car Show planned for Sunday, May 7, the proceeds from which will be split between the Wounded Warriors project and organizations to help students.
*Approved a three-year, $34,000 contract for student information with Rediker Software of Hampden, Mass.
*Approved the hiring of Sarah Shurer for a full-time, third shift custodial position.