MCISD discusses lunch equity

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The Madisonville Consolidated Independent School District (MCISD) has qualified for an exemption that defers any increase in lunch prices for the upcoming school year.

Lunch equity is reviewed annually to see if there needs to be an increase.

“There are two more programs we are looking into right now,” said Kelley Terry, Director of Child Nutrition. “I am sure you have heard of other districts getting breakfast and lunch for free. There are certain requirements for that, but we are in the early stages of looking into it and what we might qualify for.”

Terry is looking into possible programs that could allow Kindergarten through fifth graders to eat for free. The board showed interest in the idea and will wait to see what MCISD may be eligible for.

“Sometimes with things like this you will see a bit of a political blowback from time to time, like ‘what is this about people eating for free?’” said Superintendent Keith Smith. “That eight-year-old does not get to pick their mom and dad or their environment. If anybody fusses, they can come talk to me because we are going to take care of our children.”

The board also heard an annual report from Athletic Director Rusty Nail, who listed finishes for all of the school’s varsity teams throughout the 2018-19 school year as well as individual accolades.

MCISD facilities hosted six volleyball playoff games, five regular season football games, six playoff football games (including the 3A Regional Final, which was locally televised), 12 basketball playoff games and 32 softball and baseball games or series.

Naturally, it helped the local economy to have outside schools come to Madisonville for contests. It also helped raise over 10 thousand dollars for organizations such as FCCLA, Band and Ag, who ran concessions at the events.

Nail is also working with Terry and the Nutrition Department to look into possible programs that could feed the athletes after practice to ensure that they are getting three meals a day.

Band Director Stephanie Schmidt also presented the board with the annual report on the Fine Arts department.

Schmidt showed a slideshow with countless accomplishments from theatre, art and band, which included trips to Disney World and AT&T Stadium in Dallas. Numbers are on the rise in all facets of the department.

Board members Mike Corley and Zingara Manning, who were reelected in May, were sworn in for their terms along with Bo Williams, who was elected to take over Position Five.

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