School board wraps up routine business as start of year looms

With the start of the school year mere hours away, the Wauneta-Palisade Schools Board used much of its regular meeting Monday to clean up a few last routine pieces of business.
    Among those was a slight increase in meal prices by 5 cents. The board unanimously approved it.
    Breakfast will now be $1.90; PK-5 lunch $2.55; 6-12 lunch $2.90; and adult lunch $3.65.
    Superintendent Randy Geier said the increase keeps prices in line with those at other schools in the conference. He also noted that the increase last year was 10 cents.
    There was little debate. “I can’t even make lunch at home for $2.90,” Board Member Laurie Maris said.
    The board also approved activity pass rates for the school year, this time keeping them at last year’s level.
    Activity passes, which get the holder into all school functions, will be $75 a year for families, $40 for adults and $15 for students.
    Board members approved non-certified staff wage hikes, which would cover cooks, custodians, paraprofessionals and office workers.
    The board did not pass a specific wage increase. Rather, pay hikes for those workers will be at the discretion of the administration and based on merit and job evaluations.

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