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Bridgeport school board increases lunch prices, discusses possible veterans community

By Jake Harris | Published Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Bridgeport students will pay an extra 10 cents for lunch this year after the school board unanimously voted to increase lunch prices during their meeting Monday night.

Starting in August, lunch in Bridgeport schools will be $2.25 for elementary students, $2.40 for middle school students and $2.50 for high school students.

The estimated 60 percent of Bridgeport students who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program will still pay either nothing or 40 cents. Breakfast will remain free at every school.

The board spent most of the rest of its two-and-a-half hour meeting listening to presentations about future action items.

The first came from George Cash Sr., executive director for the Veterans Housing Military Operations Support Team (MOST). Cash wants to lease property at 2105 16th St., near the city limits, to build a housing community for Wise County’s homeless and disabled veterans.

An agreement about the length of the lease could not be reached, so the board unanimously voted to allow Superintendent Eddie Bland to negotiate the terms of the lease before any other action would take place.

A possible renovation to the high school football field was also discussed. If approved, it would increase the seating capacity at the field to 3,000 and would cost around $1.9 million. No action was taken to approve the renovation. It’s expected to be an action item on a future agenda.

The board also:

  • approved decreasing the amount of contracted cafeteria staff work days from 189 to 185 for managers and from 185 to 181 for staff members;
  • approved revisions to District Policy EIC (LOCAL), which clarified some wording about GPA and AP class standards;
  • discussed an energy contract with Cenergistic, which would make all schools in the district more energy efficient;
  • discussed the building of an agriculture livestock science barn; and
  • heard a monthly finance report from Bland.

The board’s next meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18, at 2107 15th St. It is open to the public.

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