Board approves early graduation requests, adult lunch price increase

The Red Oak School Board approved an increase in lunch prices for adults eating lunch in the district buildings. 

Current lunch price for adults is $3.90, however, superintendent Ron Lorenz said the state is mandating a further increase for adults. 

“When we originally established lunch prices in June, the Department of Education instructed us to raise our lunch prices by a nickel to comply with USDA program requirements. They’ve since directed us to increase the adult lunch prices an additional nickel to $3.95,” Lorenz said. 

The board approved the increase in lunch prices, per state requirements. 

The board also discussed the list of students requesting early graduation. Lorenz said four students have made the request. 

“All four students have nearly fulfilled their high school credit requirements, and wish to graduate in December, and they are seeking board approval for early graduation,” said Lorenz. 

The students must finish the remaining semester, and the request would be denied if they fail to achieve the final credit number prior to the end of the semester. 

The board approved the early graduation requests of the four students. Also under discussion was approval of the official ballot for election of a Green Hills AEA Board member for District Six. 

“We only had one person seek this post, and it happens to be John Gambs, a retired social studies instructor from here in Red Oak. I know Gambs has served our district well for several years, and we are asking the board to approve his election bid to represent our district on the Green Hills AEA Board,” explained Lorenz. 

The board approved the inclusion of Gambs on the official ballot. 

In other business, the board:

• Approved an open enrollment request from Red Oak to Griswold due to a move. 

• Approved the resignations of DeAnn Birt, paraprofessional, effective Dec. 3, and Dan Pollock, high school math, effective at the end of the 2021-22 school year. 

• Approved School Beyond School’s request to travel to the Durham Museum in Omaha Dec. 11, and for the Red Oak wrestling team to travel to the Kansas City Stampede Wresting Tournament in Kansas City, Mo., Dec. 17-18. 

The Red Oak Express

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P.O. Box 377
Red Oak, IA 51566
Phone: 712-623-2566 Fax: 712-623-2568

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