Committee Members Present: Staci Fortunato, Kevin Lamoreau
Committee Member Absent: Jennifer Dumond
Board Members Present: Pia Holmes, Martha Witham
Administrators Present: James Anastasio, Katy Grondin, Teresa Beaudoin, Kathy Casparius, Troy Alexander, Kim Silsby, Jon Stonier, Maureen Thompson
- School Nutrition
Maureen Thompson, School Nutrition Director, said the number of school breakfasts and lunches for the elementary schools remains constant year to year. However, at the middle/high school numbers are down. There is an average of 100 less breakfasts and 200 less lunches being served. A la carte sales are way down from pre-COVID. Pre-COVID sales were approximately $170,000 and last year they were approximately $10,000. Ms. Thompson said 10, 11 and 12 graders now have open campus and leave the building during lunch which affects the number of meals they serve. She said food is more expensive and harder to get and there is more staff which adds to the extra expense. If the trend continues, the food nutrition program may have to be subsidized with money from the general fund. The food nutrition director will touch base with the committee again in January to review the numbers.
There have been 175 applications for free and reduced meals turned in compared to 400 last year. Even though all meals for all students are free, parents are still encouraged to complete the application because the information collected from the application can benefit schools with federal and Title I funding, grant applications and waived or free testing fees.
- ESSER III Funds update
Mr. Anastasio said a grant of $6.9 million is available through ESSER III funds once the federal government approves the State’s plans. Attached is the ASD’s list of projects for that grant money. The top three priorities are 1) addressing delayed learning 2) creating safe and healthy learning facilities and 3) addressing social, emotional and mental health needs resulting from the pandemic. There will be a link on the website to gather community input.
The meeting adjourned at 6:34 p.m.