North Mercer Board of Education increases student lunch prices, announces new hires

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The North Mercer R-3 Board of Education voted on July 8 to increase the price of student lunches for the upcoming school year by 10 cents. The new prices will be $2.60 for preschool through sixth grade and $2.85 for seventh through 12th grade. The price of adult lunches will be determined at the August board meeting.

In addition to the lunch price increase, the board approved several handbook policy changes for the upcoming school year. These changes will affect the dress code, student participation for athletic and activity eligibility, cell phone use, and out-of-school suspensions.

The district’s $750,000 certificate of deposit with First Interstate Bank of Princeton matures this month. The board decided to move these funds to the district’s money market account with the Missouri Securities Investment Program. Additionally, the board voted to reinvest its $100,000 Millemon CD with First Interstate Bank into a nine-month CD.

Appointments were made, including Terry Bomgardner as the district homeless liaison and migrant education director, Melissa Hill as the district foster care point of contact, and Greg Frost as the district English Language Learner coordinator.

The tax rate hearing is set to be held in the school library on August 12 at 5:20 p.m., with EdCounsel providing training from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The August board meeting will follow at 6:30 p.m.

The board also approved its goals for the upcoming school year.

Resignations were accepted from Sherri Barker, head elementary basketball coach, and Jeff Wyatt, bus route driver.

The board hired Kerri Jinks as a route driver for the upcoming school year. Sherri Barker will serve as the varsity girls assistant basketball coach. Kasen Purdun has been hired as the preschool through 12th grade art teacher and Art Club sponsor. Jaxson Waterbury will take on the roles of seventh through 12th grade math teacher, varsity boys basketball assistant coach, and head elementary basketball coach. Larissa Eivins has been hired as the second grade teacher.

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