The Mitchell Board of Education is expected to review student meal prices for the 2020-21 school year at its Monday meeting.

The meeting, which will be held by video and phone teleconference, is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

Joe Graves, superintendent of the Mitchell School District, will recommend that the prices for student meals from the 2019-20 school year carry over to the new school year, while there would be a slight increase in the price of adult meals.

“After discussing the matter with food service director Leann Carmody and business manager Steve Culhane, it is our recommendation that food service prices for students remain unchanged for the 2020-21 school year and that food service prices increase slightly for adults,” Graves wrote in the agenda for the May 11 meeting.

Under the price proposal, reduced student meals would remain at 30 cents for breakfast and 40 cents for lunch. Regular student prices would also stay at $1.85 for breakfast and $2.80 for lunch for elementary students, and $2 and $3 for middle school and high school students.

Adult meals would increase from $2.30 to $2.50 for breakfast, and from $3.90 to $4 for lunch.

Graves wrote that the district is able to maintain steady student meal pricing thanks to efficiencies that have been built into the meal program over the years as well as strong participation in the program.

“We feel that given a number of efficiencies that have now been built into the food service program, along with increased participation rates, we should be able to hold the student meal prices unchanged without adversely affecting the fiscal health of the program and account balance,” Graves wrote. “We also feel that holding the line on price increases will help maintain our solid participation rate.”

Other business

Also Monday, the board is expected to:

  • Approve the comprehensive special education plan for the district for the 2020-21 school year.

  • Mark the 2019 official election ballot for the South Dakota High School Activities Association.

  • Discuss issues raised relevant to the current school closure situation.

  • Approve the first reading of revised/new Mitchell Technical Institute board policies MTI 110, MTI 111, MTI 331 and MTI 712.

  • Review the 2020-21 K-14 budgets.

  • Review and revise Mitchell Technical Institute policy series 400-600 on first reading.

  • Hear reports from members of the board and the superintendent, including a discussion on whether to hold future board meetings virtually or in person and discussion of a possible date change for the second board meeting in May.

  • Hear public commentary.

The public may access the meeting by calling 605-224-1125 and then inputting the PIN 0937390#. Members of the public are asked upon joining the meeting to mute their phone by inputting *6, which will also unmute the phone should the patron wish to address the board at the appropriate time. Board materials can be found at the district website https://www.themitchellkernels.com/ under the School Board tab.

If a caller experiences trouble accessing the meeting, they can call 605-773-3011 and a technician will assist them.