Hebron board OKs school rule changes, lunch price boost

2014-06-11T18:28:00Z 2014-06-11T20:35:26Z Hebron board OKs school rule changes, lunch price boostSusan O’Leary Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
June 11, 2014 6:28 pm  • 

HEBRON | The Metropolitan School District of Boone Township board  approved an increase in the school lunch price and changes to the student handbook at Tuesday night's meeting.

The three school principals said adjustments to the handbook include information on bullying, attendance, academic dishonesty, class rankings and rules on participation in extracurricular activities and sports.

Lunch prices will increase by 10 cents in the fall, as mandated by the state, while breakfast prices will stay the same, said Toni Rattray, food service director.

“We also keep increasing the amount we’re giving them and it is more nutritious,” said Rattray.

The board recognized new retirees.

Those honored and years of service included Tobi Fisher, 28 years; Mark Waywood, 27 years; Carol Roy, 24 years; Joanne Wothke, 18 years; Kathy Casey, 17 ½ years; and Rhonda Walker, 15.

“I have loved it and I hate to leave, but it’s summer,” said Roy.

Wothke said she now has “lots of fishing time.”

“I love being here, love the kids, but it’s time to go,” said Wothke.

Superintendent George Letz said he has been working with the curriculum instruction and technology committees to update the district’s strategic plan.

“We got a lot of work done, the principals were involved,” said Letz. “I’m going to take this work and put together a smaller version of strategic plan so that when I leave here it’s something that is current and used by staff.”

Jeff Brooks, the middle school principal, said the school hopes to secure a grant from the Department of Homeland Security for security cameras, an opportunity he received from school safety meetings he has attended at the Valparaiso Police Department.

“We found there are some areas of the building that could be better served with some cameras,” said Brooks. “We want to make sure it’s secure — our main focus is to get two doorways monitored.”

Jim Martin, the elementary school principal, said teachers Erin Cook and Tracy Balash will fill positions vacated by maternity leaves for the next school year, and Sandy Crowley will become a new second-grade teacher.

Mark Lutze, Hebron High School principal, thanked the group for participating in graduation ceremonies June 5, which was also the last day of school.

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