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Ellsworth School Board approves meal price hikes, adjusted school times

Food service prices and fees, along with school start and end times, received action from the Ellsworth School Board Monday.

The meal prices will be increased by 10 cents this fall, as recommended, with board approval. That means breakfast will cost $1.90 instead of $1.80, secondary lunch will cost $2.70 instead of $2.60 (grades 5-12) and elementary lunch will cost $2.50 instead of $2.40.

Board members approved having many high school fees rise by $5, made aware by Principal Mark Stoesz they haven’t increased since he’s been in that position and students were being subsidized. Middle school fees are said to have stayed mainly the same.

There was some board interest in pursuing support from local organizations for reduced price meals or snacks during summer school.

Meantime, elementary school and 4YK start and end times were slightly changed by the board upon recommendation due to wait times for buses in the case of the former and the need for more instructional time in the case of the latter.

For 4YK, the morning session beginning this fall will start at 8:45 a.m. and finish at 11:45 a.m. instead of the past year’s 8:45 to 11:30 a.m., while the afternoon session will start at 12:25 p.m. and finish at 3:25 p.m. instead of running from 12:25 to 3:15 p.m., as in the past.

For Prairie View Elementary School, the school day will run from 8:25 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. instead of 8:30 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. For Hillcrest Elementary School, the school day will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. instead of 8:30 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.

For more please read the July 16 print version of the Herald. 

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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