The Lubbock Independent School District has not had a price increase in school meals for five years, but the Board of Trustees will consider a 5-cent increase for breakfast and lunch at all school cafeterias during a Thursday meeting.
Superintendent Karen Garza said the increase is a requirement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which funds the school district’s food service program.
The food program is highly regulated by the government, and there are many rules and requirements attached to it, such as the fat content of food and the size of portions, among many other things, Garza said.
Taxpayer money is not used for the food program, she said.
Garza said there is a possibility the administration could make a recommendation to the school board Thursday about the hiring of a new LISD police chief.
“We have been actively interviewing and have some great candidates,” she said.
Administrators will interview another candidate today, she said.
The position has been vacant since the March 11 resignation of Mark Hinshaw, who had been on administrative leave following a Feb. 16 disturbance with an ex-girlfriend at a local business.
Hinshaw was hired in June.
The school board will consider bids for replacement of heating, ventilating and air-conditioning units at Bayless, Harwell, Brown, Hardwick, Maedgen and Stewart elementary schools and Irons Middle School.
The board will also include design work for replacing parking lots at Wheelock Elementary and Irons, according to school board President James Arnold.
The HVAC units and parking lot replacements are part of the $198 million school bond package passed by voters in November.
The board also will be receiving a presentation on “Talk About It,” a program where students can anonymously report bullying or other things that are concerning them.
“It’s a place where they can reach out and get some support and help. And it’s anonymous,” Garza said.
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