CALUMET CITY | The Calumet City Elementary District 155 will raise school lunch fees.
The nickel increase the board recently approved will make lunch cost $2.10 at Woodrow Wilson Elementary and Wentworth Intermediate Schools. The cost of lunch at Wentworth Junior High School will be $2.25.
D.155 Superintendent Troy Paraday said the increase was necessary because the Illinois State Board of Education requires that a minimum price be charged.
"They want us at $2.50," Paraday said. "But we are allowed to increase it incrementally a little bit at a time, and that's what we're doing."
The D.155 price increase only affects those among the approximately 1,200 students in the district who are paying the full price for lunch.
"Approximately 90 percent of our students qualify for free or reduced lunch, so it's really impacting a very small portion of our population," Paraday said.
Those who qualify for a reduced price pay 40 cents for lunch at all district schools.
"The break for reduced is dictated to us by the state," Paraday said.
In other district news, board member Barbara Crull read a recommendation that "for their many years of dedicated service to the students and the district," the board accept retirement letters from and present retirement gifts to Shirley Gross and Patricia Hoey, both part-time librarians at Wilson Elementary School.
The recommendation was approved and board President Stanley Long presented the new retirees with gifts.
Gross worked for the district 34 years, while Hoey's employment spanned 31 years.