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Board passes final budget; price of lunch is increased

The Del Norte County Unified School Board  discussed the following items Thursday, with member Jennifer Englund absent:

• Final budgets adopted. The Board approved the final budgets for the district, County Office of Education and Castle Rock Charter School, but was told to anticipate changes after Gov. Jerry Brown signs the state’s budget.

Officials anticipate the governor’s signature by June 30, according to Deputy Superintendent Rodney Jahn. The Legislature approved the state’s budget last week. Jahn said the budget doesn’t include anticipated increased revenue from the governor’s new Local Control Funding Formula that has been adopted.

The district’s general fund currently has an ending balance of $3.2 million, with $1.7 million in reserves, Jahn said. The reserve funds include federal and state restricted funds that the district has received, he said. 

The district is anticipating an estimated $29 million in revenue for the 2013–14 fiscal year, Jahn said. Board members can expect an update on how the state budget situation will change things at the local level by August, he said.

The County Office of Education is also expecting increased revenue next fiscal year based on the Legislature’s action, Jahn said. 

• Lunch price increase. The Board approved a staff recommendation to increase school lunch prices next year in response to a federal law that addresses a district’s ability to provide lunches to those not eligible for free or reduced meals.

Lunch prices will increase by 10 cents at the elementary school level, raising the price to $2.35, according to Food Services Director Deborah Kravitz. Lunch prices at the high school will increase by 5 cents to $2.55.

Under the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act, lunch prices for kids who aren’t eligible for free or reduced meals can’t be less than the federal reimbursement districts receive to provide meals for those who are eligible, according to Kravitz. 

The law requires districts that are charging less to gradually increase their average lunch price or provide non-federal funding to cover the difference between the federal reimbursement for free lunches and paid lunches, according to Kravitz. The federal reimbursement for free and reduced lunches was $2.51 during the 2012–13 school year.

Kravitz added that she, Jahn and the new deputy superintendent, John Caldwell, will be looking at the food services department’s operations and finances to determine if the changes made to how they prepare food and the ingredients has resulted in greater costs.

• Prop 30 resolution. The Board passed a resolution stating it will use extra funding received as a result of state Proposition 30 passing last November for certificated and classified instructional staff.

According to Jahn, the money, which will be allocated to districts on a quarterly basis, cannot be spent on non-teaching administrative staff, but can only be used for salaries and benefits to teachers and classified instructional staff.

Prop 30, which was proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown, increases the state sales tax by one-quarter cent for four years. It also increases personal income tax rates for upper-income taxpayers for seven years.

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