Grants awarded at Lewis Board of Ed meeting

Damon Huff - [email protected]
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VANCEBURG – Grants were presented and school meals tweaked at the Lewis County Board of Education meeting on Monday, May 14.

The Friends of the NRA presented two grants to two groups within Lewis County schools.

The first grant, a grant of $1,800 was for the Family Resource Center.

“Mr. Mike Kennedy (Family Resource coordinator) will use this money to send students to Camp Webb,” Superintendent Jaime Weddington said. “He’s done this for a few years now and the friends of the NRA have always stood up and helped that endeavor.”

The second grant, a $10,000 grant, was to the Lewis County High School JROTC program.

“We got this grant to try to engender rifle competitions in this part of the country,” JROTC instructor Chief Kibbey Hilger said. “This will allow us to run our own rifle competitions. That was the primary purpose of this grant.”

The grant given to the LCHS JROTC program was the largest grant given by the Friends of the NRA Foundation in the state of Kentucky.

Director of Pupil Personnel/Food Services Tiffany Felty also gave the board an update on a recent food service review.

The review, which takes place every three years, was very complimentary of the school system’s food service, according to Felty.

“We talked about some future plans to incorporate more options such as fruit and yogurt parfaits during breakfast just so we can reach a cross section of kids we may have been missing,” Felty said.

Felty also said there were a few minor errors found during the audit portion of the review, but the minor findings were all corrected.

“I was very pleased we got from the report,” Weddington said. “Felty and her staff are always improving and thinking outside the box to find new menu items within the nutrition guidelines.”

One minor change that needed to be made was the price of an adult meal price.

“According to the audit, the adult meal price did not cover the actual cost of preparing the meal,” Weddington said. “We have to charge more to the adults to cover the cost analysis for the meals.”

The meal prices for adults were set at $3 for breakfast and $4 for lunch beginning the 2018-2019 school year.

“That gives us a little leeway so we don’t have to raise the price each year,” Felty said.

The board also:

— Changed an error where Martin Luther King Jr. Day was improperly listed on the 2018-2019 school calendar.

— Recognized students districtwide who reached 1,000 site words.

— Recognized LCHS 2018 Governor’s Scholars.

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Damon Huff

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