App coming for Fayette schools; Lunch price increase proposed

Fayette County school officials are working on an app that will allow parents to get information on issues such as tardies, homework, grades, late school buses, and snow days.

District officials hope the app will be available before the beginning of the 2016-17 school year, spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall said after Monday's school board planning meeting.

Parents will be able to get specific notifications about their child, including when a grade drops.

Board member Daryl Love confirmed with Deffendall that parents will be able to customize the information they want.

Proposed school lunch increase

Meanwhile, lunch prices in the 2016-17 school year would increase by 10 cents per meal for younger Fayette County students and by 15 cents for older students under a proposal that the school board will vote on later this month.

At Monday’s school board planning meeting, board documents said that the proposed increase was from $2.40 to $2.50 for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Lunch prices would increase for students grades 6-12 from $2.60 to $2.75.

Breakfast would stay the same price at $1.35 for all grades.

Adult meals would stay the same at $2 for breakfast and $4 for lunch.

Board documents said approval of the proposed meal increase will allow the district Child Nutrition Program to be in compliance with federal regulations, which require the program to be adequately funded.

Breakfast for students who receive reduced price will remain at 30 cents and lunch at 40 cents.

The board will vote on the proposal at its June 27 meeting.

Superintendent Manny Caulk said he was going to work with his student voice team to improve school lunches.

Ray Daniels sworn in

In other action Monday, Ray Daniels, who owns area Waffle Houses, was sworn in as the newest Fayette County school board member.

The appointed term ends at the end of 2016, and Daniels, 48, has said that he will run in the November general election for a four-year term.

Daniels, whom Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt appointed from a field of nine applicants, replaces board chair John Price, who died of leukemia in February.

Daniels also is chairman of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System Foundation, which raises money and awareness for community and technical colleges and projects.

Valarie Honeycutt Spears: 859-231-3409, @vhspears