Published On: Thu, Jul 18th, 2013

School Boards amend contract for nurse, look at expenses

LAUREL — Laurel-Concord and Coleridge School board members took action to amend the contract for a school nurse, voted to keep the prices for school lunches the same as last year, heard an update on the L-C School gym project and discussed issues in the back parking lot at the school at their recent joint meeting.

LCC school board members also took action to amend the Educational Service Unit (ESU) contract for the 2013/14 school year.

The Elementary and High School in Laurel and the Middle School in Coleridge contract the services of a nurse through the ESU according to Supt. Randy Klooz.

“With the amendment, a nurse will be in our two school districts three out of five days a week,” Klooz said.

The cost for school lunches and breakfasts will be kept at the price as last year.

Lunch: High school: $2.65; Middle School: $2.40; and Elementary: $2.15.

Free lunches or reduced lunches are available for families who qualify.

The number of students who receive free or reduced lunches at a school can help schools qualify for grants and can affect the amount of State Aid that is received.

“There are a lot of people that would quality for free lunch or reduced lunches but they do not sign up,” Klooz said. “It does help the school when more people sign up.”

Klooz gave an update on the progress being made on a new floor and replacing the bleachers in the gym at the Laurel School location.

The requirement of putting down a barrier has added some additional expense and extra time onto the project.

“It was necessary because of the previous issues of water seeping in under the floor,” Klooz said. “We have spent some pretty long hours in the gym.”

Klooz is hoping to be able to see kids on the floor for some shooting practice by Aug. 12.

“The bleachers will ship out Sept. 16. We are still shooting to have everything done by Sept. 30,” Klooz said.

Board members discussed the problems, along with possible solutions, for the parking lot behind the school.