Lawrence school board elects new officers, approves 5 cent increase in meal prices

photo by: USD 497/Contributed Photo

Lawrence school district superintendent Anthony Lewis and school board president Jessica Beeson are pictured at their first meeting in those roles, Monday, July 2, 2018.

The Lawrence school board elected board member Jessica Beeson to a one-year term as president of the board Monday morning during its annual organizational meeting.

The organizational meeting marked the official start of the district’s 2018-2019 school year and was the first meeting that Anthony Lewis attended in his official capacity as district superintendent.

Among the items the board approved was the election of Melissa Johnson as board vice president. The vice president traditionally is elected president of the board the next school year.

The board also approved meal prices for the coming year that include a 5 cent increase in the price of student breakfasts and lunches. The new prices for elementary students are $1.70 for breakfast and $2.70 for lunch. The middle school prices are $1.80 for breakfast and $2.90 for lunch, and high school prices are $1.85 for breakfast and $2.95 for lunch. Prices for students who are eligible for reduced-price meals were unchanged and remain 30 cents for breakfast and 40 cents for lunch for all grade levels.

In other business, the board approved:

• A $25,386 contract with the low bidder B&R Insulation Inc. to remove asbestos from Lawrence High School as part of the $50.8 million upgrades to the school that are part of the $87 million bond issue that district voters approved in May 2017.

• A $37,000 purchase of 1,000 replacement MacBook Air hard-shell cases from Kansas City Audio Visual.

• Designation of the Lawrence Journal-World as the district’s official paper and Brad Finkeldei of Stevens & Brand LLP as the district’s legal counsel for 2018-2019.

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