The North Judson-San Pierre School Board is finalizing some plans for next school year. On Tuesday, board members approved the elementary school handbook, textbook fees, and meal prices for the 2017-2018.
Superintendent Annette Zupin said for the most part, there are no major changes. “The handbook changes that you see are very minor, cosmetic, pretty much, with name changes, dates,” she said. “Mrs. [Julie] Berndt, our new elementary principal for next year, she has reviewed the handbook and feels it is appropriate. When she comes in and feels that changes need to be made, she can make addendums, but I’m sure she wants to kind of assess things for a semester or the year. So she is very comfortable with the proposed handbook.”
The handbook for the junior/senior high school was approved last month. Zupin added that next year’s textbook fees will be roughly the same as this year’s, but students in kindergarten through eighth grade will see a slight reduction.
No changes to school meal prices are planned for next year, but the school board did approve some guidelines for dealing with students who fall behind in their payments. Zupin says the policy is required by the National School Lunch Program. “Students will be permitted to charge up to two meals or a total of four dollars,” she explained. “After receiving two regular meals and the account is still negative and they have not paid, we will provide up to two alternate meals, and that is a cheese sandwich and milk for lunch. Those will be charged to them, but that’s their alternative meal. At that point, we really hope that we can contact the parents and make sure that that is paid.”
She encouraged parents to keep an eye on their children’s accounts by using MySchoolBucks.com.