School board may increase school lunch prices, approve Vickery expansion at regular meeting

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The Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees will swear in the newly elected Allison Lassahn and elect new officers tonight at its regular meeting before potentially approving a five cent increase to the cost of full-price school lunches and getting the ball rolling on a 10-classroom expansion of Marjory Vickery Elementary.

It is recommended that the school board increase full-price lunches by five cents to $2.60 and $2.85 per lunch in primary and secondary schools, respectively. The board had discussed this price increase at previous meetings in March and April, but did not approve it since the increase was meant to be in step with the USDA’s Paid Lunch Equity Tool, which had not been released yet for next school year. The Paid Lunch Equity Tool calculates the minimum prices for paid lunches to ensure that reimbursements from National School Lunch programs, which LISD participates in, are enough for the federal government to run free lunch programs.

However, according to background material, the district received a memo April 19 saying that districts with a positive or neutral balance in their non-profit food service accounts would be exempt from using the equity tool for the next school year. The district is recommending the price increase anyway because the exemption is only for one year and they anticipate the price will continue to rise in the future. The background material also notes that revenue from the price increase has already been incorporated into next year’s budget.

Even with a five cent increase, LISD lunches will remain below average for area school districts.

The board is expected to approve a 10-classroom addition to Vickery Elementary School, which will help make up for the imminent closure of Hedrick Elementary School. In the 2017 bond package, it was determined that Hedrick Elementary would be closed in order to expand the connected Hedrick Middle School. A 10-classroom addition to Vickery, which is located less than a mile west of the Hedrick complex, was provided for in the package.  

The future of students districted to Hedrick Elementary is still not completely set. The classroom expansion was put at about $3.2 million in a prior document, but the agenda item does not disclose a proposed price for the expansion. Additionally, there is a discussion item on the stipend being provided for Hedrick Elementary School teachers and staff who are remaining for the school’s final year.

The board is expected to approve the guaranteed maximum price of the new elementary school on Mill Street, which is provided for in the 2017 bond package, at $31.5 million.

The consent agenda includes a shared service arrangement for Denton ISD to take care of LISD’s six deaf students and several contract renewals.

The board will swear in Lassahn at 6 p.m. tonight, and then go into closed session, which will include discussion of an upcoming civil case. They are scheduled to re-convene into open session at their usual meeting time of 7 p.m. at the Lewisville ISD Administrative Center.

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