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Summer feeding program sees decline

The Lakeland School Board heard a report on the 2013 Summer Feeding Program at Monday’s meeting, learning that the program has seen a decrease in number of meals served.

The program provides free lunches for children under age 18 on weekdays during the summer at several sites around the district. In 2013, it was reported that the program served around 3,400 meals. That is down by 700 from the previous year.

The number of meals served each summer has dropped as the county’s unemployment rate has slowly declined.

The program used Lakeland High School as a prep site to serve lunches at the Parkside Pavilion in LaGrange and in the Howe and Ontario parks.

The school can look at the program for 2014 and decide next spring if it wishes to continue the program or not, the board was told.

In other business:

The board approved a recommendation to cease recognition of the school performance based on former state superintendent Bennett’s A-F system of accountability.

The board was told that cargo containers would be at the high school and middle school Wednesday to load up old desks and other furniture that was deemed as “no value” to the district earlier this year. A company is transporting the items at no cost to Lakeland for use in schools in Haiti.

The board approved 2012-2013 performance stipends for teachers and administrators.