School lunch costs will rise slightly in 2024-25 school year

The Madison Central School Board took action on a number of items during their June meeting on Monday. The board approved the hiring of Amanda Hall as Librarian, and Tara Liesinger as Middle School girls and boys golf coach. 

Members also approved a rate increase for food service in the district. The cost for breakfast will go up ten cents per day, to a total of $1.70. The cost for lunch will go up 20 cents, to a total of $2.90. District Business Manager Mitch Brooks said if a student were to eat breakfast and lunch everyday, the total cost for the year would be $52.50 higher than a year ago. The price increase is mostly due to the loss of federal money from the Pandemic which is expiring at the end of this year. Brooks said those numbers do not reflect the free and reduced lunch prices, which are set by the state. The school has not yet received final word on if the free and reduced lunch prices will change this year. Board President Lori Schultz said that, in her years on the board, this is the first time the district has needed to raise meal prices. 

The board also presented a Resolution of Thanks to outgoing board members Rich Avery and Rob Honomich. Schultz read a special proclamation to thank Avery for his time on the board. 

Schultz read a similar proclamation for Honomichl, and also thanked him for his leadership in representing the board.  

Finally on Monday, during the Administrators report, Superintendent Joel Jorgenson said the district is looking to fill some open positions. Those include an elementary library para, a custodial position, a special education driver, and bus drivers.