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Bridgeport board sets breakfast prices, talks renovations

By Jake Harris | Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014

There was a little less action and a lot more talk at the Bridgeport ISD board of trustees meeting Monday night.

The consent agenda, which was the only item to be acted on, passed 6-0. This included a decision to set district breakfast prices at $1.50, which would ensure that students would be able to get a meal consisting of one cup of milk, two servings of fruit, two whole grains or one whole grain and meat.

The current breakfast meal reimbursement is $1.62 for students receiving free benefits, $1.32 for reduced benefits plus 30 cents in student payment to equal $1.62, and 28 cents for full-paid students.

The board members then discussed a series of changes that could possibly be made for the upcoming school year, including athletics facilities and agricultural science facility renovations.

One such facility was the high school football stadium. In order to build bleacher additions in the stadium, the current pressbox would have to be taken down and possibly rebuilt. There was discussion about whether or not a new pressbox was even necessary, since an elevator would be required if it were bigger than 500 square feet.

Board member Tom Talley said pressboxes weren’t needed now because they aren’t used for their original function anymore.

“There’s not much of a need for pressboxes now because people don’t scout like they used to,” Talley said.

Other facility updates considered were new dugouts for the high school baseball field, since the wooden support beams holding up the roofs are rotting and a new barn for the agricultural sciences department. No action was taken on any of the facility updates.

The board also:

  • heard a monthly finance report and set Aug. 25 as the meeting date for the 2014-15 budget and tax rate adoption;
  • listened to a presentation on district accountability ratings, which the district met and exceeded last year; and
  • discussed when and where to install wireless-operated electronic marquee signs at each campus. The high and middle school signs would each cost around $30,000, and the intermediate and elementary school signs would cost around $20,000.

The board’s next regular meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, in the board conference room at 2107 15th Street. It is open to the public.

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