TROY — Troy City Schools Superintendent Eric Herman cautioned board members to respect federal “Sunshine Laws” guidelines for meetings as well as guarding their opinion as the district’s facilities plan begins to take shape at the regular board meeting on Monday.
Herman said SHP architects are touring the district’s buildings and facilities at this time. Last April, the board voted to hire SHP, a consultant and architect firm, for the district’s facility and master plan for $45,000 for 200 consulting hours through November 2017.
“We are going to start community meetings, but as a board I want to caution you because a lot of things have changed on what constitutes as a meeting,” Herman said Monday, noting three board members attending an open meeting could constitute as an official board meeting. “We really have to communicate with each other.”
Herman also advised board members as they gather community input to not share their own personal opinion until the board comes to a decision as a group.
“It would be nice to have the board’s consensus on what we are going to do so we are all on the same page,” Herman said. “Your personal opinion is your board opinion so we just need to be very cautious and hang together on this.”
With Troy City Schools’ first day back in class only a few weeks away, the Troy Board of Education listened to a variety of reports from various administrators gearing up for the 2016-2017 school year.
Director of transportation, facilities and maintenance Tytus Jacobs gave a long list of repairs and projects that were under way all summer.
Troy High School’s $140,000 roof project is nearly complete and was the final phase of roof repairs at the high school. A variety of other repairs, replacements and maintenance was performed around the district. A more detailed list and scope of work will be available in the coming weeks.
During the 2015-2016 school year, 415,056 lunches were served throughout the entire district. Human resources director Marion Stout reported lunches served were 2 percent down from last year’s total. Breakfast within the district is up 5 percent, with 121,653 served last year.
The food service program is working to close its annual losses. In 2014, food service lost $147,819, in 2015 $134,651 and last year lost $114,436 in revenue.
Of the $114,436 lost for the 2015-2016 year, $58,966 was due to the district’s United States Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) free lunch and breakfast program.
In 2014, Troy City Schools’ enrolled Kyle and Heywood Elementary buildings in the CEP. The schools have participated in the program for two school years.
When Troy City Schools adopted the CEP program, it stopped asking Heywood and Kyle parents to verify their income to get a free- or reduced-price lunch and breakfast.
The district also served 5,669 summer lunches so far this season. The Troy Lunch Club Inc. received a $2,000 grant from the Troy Foundation to help extend the program, which uses the district’s kitchen. Volunteers serve children in five locations around the city of Troy.
The first day of school for students is Wednesday, Aug. 24.
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