HEBRON | At the school board’s April meeting, Hebron Elementary School principal James Martin announced that the school reading teachers have selected a new reading textbook.
Martin described the systematic process for choosing the Reading Street program, published by Pearson Scott Foresman, to the board Tuesday evening.
“Pearson came out on top at every grade level,” said Martin. “It was a better program and addressed the common core standards as well. We feel very good about it.”
The program is estimated to cost $54,000, which includes the digital version of the books, Martin said.
The board approved a transfer of $80,345 from the Bus Replacement Fund into a “Rainy Day” fund, since the district did not purchase a bus as planned, and also approved a $500 donation from the Wrong Way Square Dancers for computer lab software.
“These people have been terrific for the school system,” said board member Don Fry. “They’ve never taken the school for granted. They’re an asset to the town.”
Chris Bolda, district manager of Chartwells Food Service, reviewed new school lunch nutrition regulations, including limits on the amount of bread that can be served, mandatory servings of fruits and vegetables, and allowable total calories from saturated fat.
Bolda said the Hebron lunch program has already incorporated the changes.
“It’s a really good change…but it cost us in the beginning,” said Bolda. “We saw a significant participation change because of the new guidelines. Our participation took a little bit of a downturn.”
Bolda said student participation in the lunch program was 55.6 percent in the 2012-13 school year, nearly equal to participation in the previous school year.
Bolda said the district is well-prepared for more changes in 2015.
“We’re ahead of the curve,” said Bolda. “So we’ve been through all the mud and we’re actually coming out of the mud. We’re usually on top of these things.”
Bolda said the average price of lunch for the 2013-14 school year will increase from $2.09 to $2.15, and the program’s revenue over expenses was $43,600 year-to-date.
Martin announced that children’s author Lester Laminack will be at the elementary school April 23, and high school principal Mark Lutze promoted the upcoming high school play, The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood, April 12-14.
“The show is a hoot,” said Lutze. “It leaves room for major characters to do some improvising and have some fun with it.”
The date of the next school board meeting was changed to 7 p.m. May 15.