Alder increases school lunch, breakfast prices

(Posted June 26, 2014)

By Sandi Latimer, Staff Writer

Everyone who eats at a school in the Jonathan Alder Local School District will pay more for their meal beginning this fall.

“This is the first time we’ve raised meal prices since the 2007-08 year. This will help us stay in the black,” said Tonya Grove, food service director.

On June 19, the school board approved a 25-cent across-the-board hike. The new breakfast price for pre-kindergarten students through adults is $1.50. Lunch is now $2.75 for pre-kindergarten through sixth grade, $3 for grades seven through 12, and $3.25 for adults.

Grove said Jonathan Alder’s new prices are similar to those at neighboring school districts.

The board also approved several other proposals for the 2014-15 academic year, including:

Pay scales for teachers and classified employees—There will be no raise for either group this year, but each will get a 1 percent raise in the 2015-16 year.

Professional days—Monday, Sept. 22; Friday, Oct. 17; Friday, Jan.30; and Monday, March 2.

Calamity days—The district will have five calamity days before any make-up days are imposed. If necessary, those make-up days will be Monday, Feb. 16, which is Presidents’ Day, and Monday, April 6, the day after Easter. Any necessary additional days will be made up at the end of the year.

Staff changes

The board approved six resignations and renewed or offered supplemental contracts in many areas. Among the resignations was that of Paul Brunner, music director for the past 17 years.

“Under his leadership, the instrumental music program in the district continued to grow,” Principal Phil Harris wrote in an email. “With the help of the Music Boosters, the high school marching band was able to take several out-of-state trips to college bowl games, as well as to Disney World.”

Brunner served in various leadership positions in the district, including president of the teachers’ association. He has accepted a position at Buckeye Valley Local Schools.

Bob Wehner, an assistant coach for the girls’ basketball team, is now head coach, replacing Terra McDaniels who resigned as coach but will continue to teach at Monroe Elementary. Also in athletics, the board approved the hiring of Ray Hustek, a central Ohio golf expert known as Mr. Golf, to serve as head coach for the girls’ golf team.

High school graduation requirements

House Bill 487, signed by Gov. John Kasich, outlines graduation requirements for the class of 2018. Students will still need four units of English, language arts and mathematics, three units of science and social studies, a half unit of physical education, a half unit of health, five units of electives, as well as courses in economics, financial literacy and fine arts.

New are end-of-course exams in algebra I and geometry, physical science, American history, American government, English I and English II. They will also have to meet one of three options: a passing score on seven end-of-course exams, a remediation-free score on the ACT or SAT, or earn an industry-recognized or state-issued license for practice in a career. The state still has to set guidelines for this section, said Superintendent Gary Chapman said.

The school board’s next meeting is at 6:30 p.m. July 14.

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