School Meals Price Increased, Opening and Closing School Times Changed and Superintendent’s Annual Evaluation
The School Board of Broward County, Florida, at its regular meeting Tuesday, June 19, 2012, approved an increase in meal prices, changing the opening and closing times for schools and gave the Superintendent his first evaluation.browar
For the first time in six years, the School Board increased in meal prices for the 2012/13 school year. The School District’s last increase occurred in 2006 and prior to that, there had been no increase since 1988.
The meal price increased by 10 cents for paid breakfast and lunch meals for elementary middle, high and center schools; including adult meal prices. Breakfast now costs $1.20 in elementary schools and $1.30 in middle and high schools. Lunchs now cost $2 in elementary schools, $2.35 in middle schools and $2.50 in high schools. For adults, breakfast rose to $1.80 and lunch is $2.75. The reduced meal price of 30 cents for breakfast and 40 cents would not change.
The District’s Food & Nutrition Services Department is self-supporting and non-profit. The revenue produced by the increase would ensure that the Food & Nutrition Services Department could continue to operate independently.
Additionally, the School Board approved changing the opening and closing school times for the 2012/13 school year. Schools are scheduled to open and close at times that will best utilize existing resources to provide transportation services and accommodate student and program growth. Proposed staggered bell times would minimize operational cost impact to the District.
For students at nine Broward schools – one high school and eight elementary schools – this will mean an extended 30 minutes of class time added to their school day. The additional 30 minutes would allow for innovative instructional opportunities to support student achievement as required by a federal grant program – School Improvement Grant (SIG). The SIG program is a three-year grant focused on meeting the needs of students at nine low-performing schools that were identified by the state. Schools benefitting from the extended day are Coconut Creek High, Dillard Elementary, Imagine Charter Elementary @ North Lauderdale, Larkdale Elementary, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary, North Fork Elementary, North Lauderdale Elementary, Sunland Park Elementary and Walker Elementary.
The School Board made official its marks given to Superintendent Robert W. Runcie for his first annual evaluation. The Board initially discussed the results of the annual evaluation at its June 12, 2012 Board workshop. The Superintendent gave himself an “effective” mark in his overall performance evaluation. The 2011/12 Annual Evaluation of the Superintendent of Schools is part of the Superintendent’s employment agreement.