The Alta School Board approved lunch prices and school fees for the next school year at its regular meeting Monday night.
Lunch fees will see a slight increase. Junior kindergarten-12th grade lunch meals will increase by 10 cents; junior kindergarten meals will now cost $1.65 and grades three-12 meals will now be $1.75. Adult meal fees jump a quarter to $2.50. There will also be an increase in price for students wishing to have seconds. Seconds on main dishes will be 65 cents, up 15 cents from last year's cost; seconds on side dishes will increase 10 cents to 35 cents.
Breakfast meals will also go up 10 cents; students will pay $1 and adults will pay $1.10. Milk prices will increase by five cents to 40 cents.
The board approved book fees to remain at $35, activity tickets remain the same at $27 for students, $50 for adults and $27 for senior citizens.
Band instrument rental will increase to $25.
The most important summer projects are addressing the fire safety issues which were pointed out during a recent inspection by the fire marshall.
Many of the projects will take time and money. The district is applying for Harkin funds to address theses needs and should know the outcome either next fall or winter.
The district is also applying for a building safety grant that could be used for a buzzer system and camera which would give the educators a much better idea about who is entering and leaving the schools and help them control access.
Personnel issues included approving contracts for:
* Don Keeler, elementary at risk program. He will be paid $19,458 and will receive full single health insurance valued at $6,667.
* Dean Lietz for head boys' basketball coach. He will be paid $3,146 based on past coaching experience.
The board also accepted resignations from:
* Peg Arnts, high school food service worker
* Lindsay Brown as junior high girls' basketball coach who will assume the assistant girls' high school basketball coach.
The district is considering property insurance quotations for next year received from Drzycimski-Black and Glienke Olson Eaton Svendsen, two local companies.
The board also discussed very briefly sharing opportunities with neighboring schools.
"We've all been open to talking about sharing opportunities," said board member Bruce Glienke. "Everyone is going through financial difficulties."
Superintendent Fred Maharry agreed that many districts are looking into sharing as enrollments drop.
"We aren't alone in this. Demographics are changing and families are smaller."
Options will stay open.
School board elections will be held Sept. 9. Two positions are up for reelection, those of Val Rosenthal and Dave Turnquist.
If anyone would like to run for the position of school board member, nomination papers will be available in the main office beginning July. Those papers need to be returned by Aug. 4.
The board members stressed that being a member of the board is "a rewarding position" and the decisions that they make can make a great difference for kids.