School lunch prices increase, new student representatives appointed to school board

At the Dexter school board meeting on August 17, two Dexter high school representatives made their debut.

They are Rylee Kim, who will be a junior, and Jimmy Morgan, who will be a senior. They will take their oaths at the next board of education meeting.

Board President Michael Wendorf told them, “You don’t vote with the school board because you haven’t been elected, but you do have an influence about what’s going on at the high school.”

Morgan is a captain on the swim team, a varsity soccer player and participates in the National Honor Society and the Key Club.

He said, “I feel I can accurately represent student opinions on issues. This will be a good experience to see how things work.”

Kim serves on student council, is a member of the Key Club and is on the golf team. She owns her own business called Upstream Ice Cream, selling ice cream from a boat on Portage Lake.

“Being a student representative will help me get an insight into what’s going on in the community,” she said.

The board approved a school lunch price increase 4-0 (Schumaker, Darr, and Kipke were absent). At the last meeting, the board discussed a request from Jennifer Mattison, Food and Nutrition Services Director for the district, requesting a 25 cent increase for school lunches, so that prices would meet a USDA National School Lunch program directive. The USDA requires all districts that participate in the National School Lunch Program to comply with mandated pricing.

Dexter’s meal prices were below those set by federal guidelines, so the board approved raising prices by a 25 cent increment. That means meal prices for the coming school year will be raised from $2.50 to $2.75 for elementary school students, $2.75 to $3.00 for middle school students, and $2.75 to $3.00 for high school students.

The board also approved 4-0 a lawn and landscape agreement with A.M. Services in Ann Arbor. A.M. will be responsible for servicing Creekside Intermediate School, the transportation facility on Marshall Road, the Jenkins Early Childhood Center, and the Copeland Administrative Building.

In other action, the board approved 4-0 holding a workshop at the Washtenaw Intermediate School District on September 14 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

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  • On the school board student rep, any information on who the other candidates were and just how does the “appointment” process work? Usually when someone is representing a group, they are elected by that group, but here we have the “board” selecting.

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