The Cherokee School Board approved an increase of hot lunch prices by a dime (20 cents for adults) at the recommendation of the superintendent, John Chalstrom.
Chalstrom said that even with the increase, the price of the lunch is below the state average.
The price will go from $1.35 to $1.45 for student lunch with a ticket, and from $1.40 to $1.50 for a daily student purchase. Adult lunch will go from $1.95 to $2.15.
Breakfast will remain the same at 85 cents for a student and $1 for an adult.
The last adjustment to the school lunch prices was two years ago when the price was increased a dime at that time also.
In personnel matters, the board approved hiring of Jennifer Dreyer as middle school instrumental instructor, hiring of Amy Sarchet as high school vocal music instructor, hiring Kasey Stowater as 4th grade instructor, and accepted the resignation of Jean Heinen as custodian and food service employee.
Mike Wiederholdt, transportation supervisor, told the board that the bus fleet is getting older and all have over 50,000 miles on them. He noted that buses ordered after Dec. 1 will have stricter emission standards will increase costs by $8,000 to $12,000.
The estimated cost of an 83 or 84 passenger bus now is in the mid-$70,000 range.
Chalstrom said that the current unspent balance is healthy enough that a bus purchase could come out of that unspent balance this year rather than use funds from the Physical Plant and Equipment levy.
The board gave the go-ahead for soliciting bus purchases.