Cocalico School Board prepares for 2013-2014 Elementary schools will see a small increase in lunch prices

By on May 22, 2013



, Staff Writer

The Cocalico School Board meeting focused on approval of 2013-2014 school year bids introduced by secretary Sherri Stull at the May 20 meeting.

The biggest change parents will notice is a five-cent increase in elementary student school lunches, which will now cost $2.20.

"We have make the increase because of the Healthy Kids Choice mandate," said Stull. "What they are trying to do is bridge the cost across the U.S. of all the lunch meals to be about the same from school to school."

The price increase will only effect elementary schools lunches. All other prices, including drinks, will remain the same.

The school board also approved another one-year term for John Lorah, who serves as the board’s treasurer.

"He is an incumbent and by trade an accountant so he is well suited for that role," added superintendent Bruce Sensenig.

The largest bid approved was the special education services agreement with the IU 13 for $1.6 million. The fee covers speech and language, occupational and physical therapy, and job training services for the Cocalico district.

New camcorders, electronics, security cameras and the HVAC at Adamstown were among the $45,634.27 used from the Capitol Project Account Fund. Sensenig mentioned that some of the electronics were needed for the upcoming graduation ceremony.

Other bids approved at Monday’s meeting include:

$16, 740.00 for flooring replacement

$16,984.02 in district technology education supplies

Classroom and office supplies for a total of $37,972.77 with Lebanon

$3,999.49 in a joint purchase with IU 13 for technology education supplies

A joint purchase with IU 13 of athletic trainer and medical supplies in the amount of $6,312.44

A joint purchase with IU 13 of custodial supplies in the amount of $48,266.77

Copy paper supplies for $27,094.54, a Lancaster-Lebanon joint purchase

Art supplies in the amount of $20,881.40 and $2,207.22 for audio visual multimedia (also a Lancaster-Lebanon joint purchase)

$15,890 for middle school gym locker painting

$18,506 for Fall sports supplies

Joint purchasing agreement with PEPPM, COSTARS, TCPN, Xpedx and U.S. Communities

Contracts with Hess Energy for natural gas and Talley Petroleum Enterprises, Inc. for fuel

Approval of Clover Wireless, who paid Cocalico $2,484.00 for its old phones

Meal prices for the 2013-2014 school year

Approval of support staff performance, evaluation and compensation system for the 2012-2013 school year

Total expenditures for the month were $3,827,581.24, with an ending balance of $10,685,072.39 as of April 30.

Fulton Bank will remain the depository for all school accounts and the district solicitor will continue to be Kegel, Kelin, Almy & Lord. The auditing firm for the 2013-2014 school year will be Trout, Ebersole & Groff. The school board also approved Ausma Buffenmyer as tax collector for 2013-2014. Buffenmyer has served as Cocalico’s tax collector for the last few years.

The board also approved the following staff positions: Kali M. Short, middle school communications art teacher; Lauren Baxter, middle school communication arts teacher; Brenda Mason, elementary teacher; Seth Sigman, elementary teacher; and Elizabeth Steffy for a half-time contract elementary teacher.

The board approved Roseanne Milligan and Lauren Davis as substitute teachers for the 2013-2014 school year. Kristina Heft will serve as the full-time licensed nurse and Gloria Powell will serve as full-time administrative assistant.

"Mr. Davies won’t be with us next year, but he’s hoping this is the end of the revolving door that we had all year trying to get someone in there and keep them there," chuckled Sensenig. "This is his last crack at it."

Other approved academic personnel addendum included:

Resignation of Jennifer Stauffer

Resignation of Jennifer Martin

Staff for summer programs

Volunteer coach for fall sports

Spring sport event workers

Substitute teachers and nurses to be added for continuous employment

A presentation from the Adamstown Girls on the Run and their coaches was a welcome change of pace during the meeting. About 15 girls in third through fifth grade reported to the board how the GOTR program helped boost their self esteem and how it has taught them to be more physically and emotionally healthy.

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