By Jackie Gorski
AKRON — The lunch prices for the 2022-23 school year will remain at the same price as they were before the COVID-19 pandemic, Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation Superintendent Blaine Conley told the School Board Thursday.
Students will have to pay for lunch as the free lunch program that ran during the pandemic will end at the end of June. The people who need free and reduced lunches will have the opportunity to apply for the free and reduced lunch program during the registration process for the 2022-23 school year.
The Board will be asked to approve the list of school food vendors for the 2022-23 school year Monday. Conley said there has been talk of supply-chain issues when it comes to vendors. The school corporation will work on those issues as a team as much as it can and will provide breakfast and lunch to its students.
Also, The Board will be asked to approve a $2,000 donation from Kosciusko Endowment Youth Services for the Valley Early Learning Academy.
In May, the school corporation announced it will open a day care for its staff starting in the 2022-23 school year. Thursday, Conley said the donation will go towards operations costs for the day care.
In other business, the Board learned:
• Akron and Mentone elementary schools will be recognized Monday for their 2021-22 Project Lead The Way Distinguished Program. “We’re really proud of all the work the teachers” have done in regards to the distinction, Conley said.
• Rhonda Jewel, a first-grade teacher at Akron Elementary school, will be retiring after 48 years of teaching at the school corporation.