By Dedra Cordle
The Infinite Campus in the South-Western City Schools District is set to expand.
At the Jan. 28 board of education meeting, food services supervisor Lisa Hamrick announced that the department will soon be making the transition to the online portal.
“We are very excited about this,” she told the board.
According to Hamrick, the department will be adding point of sale capabilities that will allow parents to have access to account activities and balances, including those who request free or reduced breakfast and lunches.
“Having one system to log onto will really speed up the process and make it more efficient,” she said.
Though an emphasis will be placed on online applications, Hamrick said they will not do away with paper applications.
“We will still be allow those,” she said.
There will, however, be the elimination of PayPAMS as the department transitions to the Infinite Campus.
“We will no longer be using those,” said Hamrick.
The transition to the Infinite Campus will come at the beginning of August, weeks before the start of the 2019/20 school year. Hamrick said they didn’t want to make the switch during a school year that was already in progress.
The district began using the Infinite Campus in 2012 as a way to allow parents access to their children’s academic reports and class schedules, and to update emergency contact information through online tools and applications. It can now also be used to update medications, health information, pay school fees and contact teachers.
In related food services news, Hamrick said more students are eating breakfast and lunch.
“Our numbers continue to grow for breakfast and lunch,” she said.
According to Hamrick, more than 6,900 students eat breakfast daily (an average of 1.2 million per year) and more than 13,500 students each lunch daily (an average of 2.4 million per year).
She credited the food service cooks and staff for the continued increase in breakfast and lunch participation.
“I cannot be more proud of our staff,” Hamrick said. “They work really hard.”
Hamrick also spoke of the pilot café that was established earlier this year at Grove City High School.
“I think it is going over really well,” she said of the ‘Greyhound Ground Café,’ which serves hot and cold drinks during breaking and lunch hours.
Board member David Donofrio asked whether the café would be expanded to each of the high schools in the coming years.
“If things go well, we will consider looking at the other high schools,” she said.
Hamrick added that it was piloted at Grove City High School because there was more of a need for it there.
In other news, transportation supervisor Tim Cox gave an update on the department.
According to Cox, the department is running smoothly and inspections are in progress for all of the buses in their fleet.
He also presented a snapshot with the average number of students, runs, routes and miles traveled per day. Cox said the buses transport more than 15,000 students per day, the fleet averages more than 16,000 miles per day, and there are more than 180 routes driven per day.
During his report, he also announced that the First Time Riders event will be held on Aug. 10 at Central Crossing High School from 9 a.m. to noon.
“We’re going to make it a one-day event, so we’ll see how that goes,” he said.