California School Board meets

The wet deck at the California Pool appeared to be the perfect spot to beat the heat on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 17, as temperatures soared to a sweltering 97 degrees.

The wet deck at the California Pool appeared to be the perfect spot to beat the heat on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 17, as temperatures soared to a sweltering 97 degrees. Photo by April Arnett.

The California R-I School Board set approved setting prices for school lunches at its regular monthly meeting Wednesday, July 18.

According to Superintendent Dwight Sanders, new requirements are that all of the paid lunches and breakfasts are to be priced at a level which is self-supporting and are not subsidized by funds for free and reduced lunches. He said other requirements, such as lower sodium foods and fresh fruits and vegetables add to the cost of the food served by the school.

Sanders said the new prices should be good for two years, although due to equipment which may need to be replaced, it is not always possible to accurately determine the final costs.

Sanders also reported to the board of roof repair work being done on the kitchen and commons area of the high school.

Routine summer maintenance work is underway, with painting and stripping and waxing floors.

The board plans to tour the school facilities to see the work which has been done to prepare for the 2012-13 school year. The board will meet at the elementary building at 5 p.m. with the regular meeting to start in the library media room at 6 p.m.

Another topic of discussion was about work done to build a practice football field at the high school campus. The idea of a practice field is to prevent "beating up" Riley Field with both games and practices on the same field. The project originally began during the 2010-11 school year, supposedly for the cost of the fuel alone. But because of equipment problems, the project was not only not completed, very little work was actually done.

Coach Marty Albertson had spoken to some associated with the Quarterback Club to get $1,000 to go towards the work, provided an additional approximately $1,000 could be obtained from the football activity fund.

The work was completed, and in answer to a question, Sanders reported that the Quarterback Club had approved their share of the funding at the June meeting.

The next scheduled meeting is Aug. 15.

For more great stories check out the July 25 issue of the California Democrat.

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