By MIKE WILLIAMS
Students at Pulaski Middle School and Riverlawn Elementary next year will be able to eat breakfast and lunch at school for free, following action Tuesday by the School Board.
The board’s action marks an expansion of the Community Eligibility Provision in the county. Two years ago, Critzer and Pulaski Elementary were approved for participation in the Federal program.
The program assures parents and guardians that their children are getting two healthy meals a day at no cost. The program also means no time during the school day is taken collecting meal money from students or parents, and it eliminates the stigma of categories of students (free – reduced – full price). Plus, it improves nutrition for all students and has the potential of better attendance and higher test scores.
Also Tuesday the School Board approved increases in the school breakfast and lunch prices for all grades and adults.
With the increases, breakfast costs rise by 10 cents and lunches rise by 15 cents.
Ethelene Sadler, School Nutrition Director, told the board that – even with the increases – Pulaski County still has the lowest meal prices of any are school division.
Dewey Wilson Way
The School Board on Tuesday voted unanimously to name the main entrance at Pulaski County High School Dewey Wilson Way after the first principal of the high school.
Wilson died on May 27.
New Band Director
Matthew Warnock was approved Tuesday by the School Board as the new band director at Pulaski County High School.
Warnock takes the helm of the band Aug. 1 following the resignation of Matthew Shrewsbury, who resigned to take a position with a South Carolina high school.
Also noted during Tuesday’s meeting was the retirement at the end of this month of Bridget Parsons as principal of Snowville Elementary School.
The Pulaski County Education Association presented 2017 PCHS graduate Justin Shatto with its Future Educator Scholarship including a check for $1,000.
Lions Club Vision Services
Jim Cook of the Dublin Lions Club on Tuesday provided the School Board’s Instructional Focus feature.
Cook spoke on the vision services provided to local school students by the Dublin Lions Club.
Cook said he was glad to have an opportunity to thank the School Board for the club’s opportunity to provide vision services, and to thank teachers for taking their time to allow the vision tests provided by the club.
Cook said all students – except those who were absent or had been opted out – received vision services by club members during the 2013-14 school year.
Just under 2,000 students were tested by the club in 2015-16, and just over 2,000 were tested this past school year.
The vision screenings took the club 650 man-hours to complete, Cook said.
The Dublin Lions Club has two hand-held sight machines used to detect vision problems. The machines can detect near-sightedness, far-sightedness, or lazy eye. Students detected to have vision problems are referred to doctors in Pulaski County after approval by the student’s parents or guardians.
Feedback from the doctors has shown the recommendations from the vision machines to be 100% accurate.