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WATERLOO — All students at five more Waterloo public schools could receive meals for free starting this fall through a federal program.

The Board of Education Monday will consider approving a total of 15 schools to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. The board meets at 5 p.m. in the Education Service Center, 1516 Washington St.

Buildings proposed to be added include Fred Becker, Lou Henry and Poyner elementaries, plus Bunger Middle and East High schools.

This fall will be the second year Waterloo Community Schools is part of the program. If the expansion is approved, all but four of the district’s schools would participate. Those that would not be part of it are Kingsley and Orange elementaries, Hoover Middle and West High schools.

Schools qualify based on the number of students eligible for free meals by direct state certification or categorical eligibility instead of by income applications. For a building to qualify, 40 percent of students must qualify. But in order to have sufficient federal reimbursement to fully fund the program, a combined 62.5 percent student eligibility is needed.

According to a board memo, the district’s food service has recommended that meal prices at the four schools that don’t qualify remain the same for next year.

In other business, the board is expected to approve:

  • A $273,702 school resource officers agreement with the city of Waterloo for 2018-19, a $51,179 increase from the current year. Six officers will be assigned to the district’s middle and high schools, one more than are there now.
  • A change order adding $35,849 to the cost of the artificial turf project at Memorial Stadium for site work, bringing the total contract to $1.01 million.
  • A school nursing agreement, with the recommendation presented at the meeting. After providing the service for 21 years, the Black Hawk County Health Department informed the district this spring it is not able to continue with the contract.
  • Adoption of family consumer science textbooks “Foundations of Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts” levels one and two at a cost of $11,217.

Education Reporter

Education reporter for the Courier

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