Oologah School Board members approved a price increase for school lunches at Monday night’s meeting.
Lunches in the elementary buildings went up 40 cents and will now cost $2.50. Lunch at the middle school and high school will now cost students $2.60, an increase of 25 cents.
Assistant superintendent Jerry Rutledge said the increase was necessary to meet new federal guidelines on pricing. He said the school is reimbursed $2.59 per meal from the federal government for free or reduced lunches.
Rutledge said the federal government doesn’t want to subsidize lunches that are not part of the free or reduced lunch program. He said the school district is financially responsible for any amount under the $2.59 reimbursement rate.
“We have to increase the prices or the district has to pay the difference,” superintendent Rob Armstrong said.
The price increases will take effect at the beginning of the next school year.
In other business, technology director Mike Murray updated the board on problems with state mandated testing. Students taking the computer tests ran into problems when the testing company, CTB/McGraw Hill’s servers went down.
Computers were freezing up in the middle of tests because of the server problems. Tests were considered invalid if the students were unable to complete them.
Murraysaid 25 tests were invalidated. He said four tests were invalidated at the middle school and 21 at the high school.Murraysaid make up tests were almost completed.