The Lindbergh Board of Education on June 16 approved changes to a few policies, including food and transportation prices, as well as changes to the pandemic response plan.
The first item approved by the board was the new and enhanced pandemic response plan. Human resources director Brian McKinney said the plan is a revised version of the old Greenlight plan and can now apply to all airborne viruses.
“It’s designed to be flexible and offer agility. As we learned during COVID-19, things are changing very quickly,” McKinney said. “One thing the new plan doesn’t have are automatic triggers based on a single metric, like positive cases.”
That means the plan doesn’t immediately institute masking if positivity reaches a certain point — instead, the district will use all relevant data to make the decision.
McKinney said the plan was consulted and approved by the “medical community” and the 60-person task force that created the Greenlight plan.
The second item approved by the board was a change to the terms of his contract with First Student Transportation. The change was an amendment to the annual indexation rate of the contract, raising it from 3 to 3.9% for the last two years of the agreement.
Chief Financial Officer Joel Scheible said the change stemmed from the need to raise driver pay amid a driver shortage. She said the rate change would keep the district competitive in hiring.
Scheible pointed to a bill passed at the state level that will give districts a one-time payment to help fund transportation. She said the money will provide much-needed relief with high petrol prices.
“I haven’t seen that in my career. Unfortunately, it’s one-time funding…It’s about $600,000 for our district for a year,” Scheible said.
The final item approved by the board was the renewal of its food service contract with Southwest Foodservice Excellence.
The renewal includes small increases in administrative fees, management fees and the meal equivalent factor.
“We’ve been with SFE (for two years) and they really haven’t had a good year since they started. As soon as we hired them, in March of the following year, we went into COVID, so some of the programming that they wanted to put in place, we hope they can execute this year,” Scheible said.
Schieble said meal choices, salad bars, branded pizzas and other factors will be rolled out throughout the year.
Going forward, the free and reduced meals app is expected to go live, with a pilot project already underway in summer schools. Scheible said bringing the app online should streamline the process.
At the same meeting as part of the consent agenda, the board approved breakfast and lunch meal prices for the 2022-23 school year. Food has been free in public schools for much of the pandemic due to a waiver from the US Department of Agriculture, but that waiver for free meals expired at the end of the 2021-2022 school year. .
Full price breakfast price is $1.65 for elementary and secondary, full price lunch price for elementary is $3.15 and full price lunch price for secondary is $3.30. Breakfast and lunch for adults are $2.75 and $4.30 respectively.