On Monday, June 21, the River Falls School Board approved the following items in a timely fashion:
Food service meal rates
The Financial and Facilities Committee met and recommended the approval of the 2021-2022 food service meal rates, as the federal guidelines require a 10 cent increase in student meals for the upcoming school year. The following are the rates approved by the board: elementary and middle school breakfast $1.70 and lunch $2.70; high school breakfast $1.70, lunch $3.00 and snack $1.45; adult breakfast $1.90 and lunch $3.90.
The purchase of two buses per the bus replacement schedule was approved. The replacement schedule is an important way to maintain a safe fleet for transporting students, stated Board President, Stacy Johnson Myers during the meeting.
For several years, the River Falls School District has shared a teacher for students with hearing impairments with Prescott and St. Croix Central School Districts. Administration wishes to continue this partnership into the 2021-2022 school year and the school board approved it unanimously.
It was noted during the meeting that this agreement combined with the collective needs of the district creates an opportunity for these schools to offer a full-time salary to the teacher as opposed to a part time position.
Additionally, a partnership between the River Falls School District and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls University Preschool Program to share the cost of a special education paraprofessional for the upcoming school year was approved.
Project SEARCH agreement
The board approved the continuation of the Project SEARCH agreement with the Prescott School District.
Project SEARCH is a business-led, one-year employment preparation program that takes place at the workplace, facilitating classroom instruction, career exploration and hands-on training.
The Elementary Handbook was updated to note that walkers are to be instructed to head directly home after school, as playground equipment is not supervised at that time.
Additionally, specific teacher requests from parents will no longer be accepted in order to facilitate equitable practices.
Lastly, the updated elementary handbook states “Breakfast and lunch are offered at each elementary school every day school is in session…For the 2021-2022 school year a breakfast and a lunch will be offered at no cost for all students.”
A few revisions to the employee handbook were also approved, including “contacting the building principal or department supervisor doesn't meet your obligation as a mandatory reporter, you must call the appropriate Department of Human Services… Firsthand knowledge of suspected abuse or neglect is not required for reporting.”