School lunch prices set to increase in Jersey Shore

School lunch prices are expected to increase during the 2014-15 school year at Jersey Shore Area School District.

The school board met Monday evening and was informed by Business Manager Adrienne Craig that lunch prices will be raised 10 cents – increasing lunch prices in the elementary school to $2.10, and in the secondary schools to $2.20. Breakfast prices will remain the same at $1.10.

Craig said that the price increase is due to the Paid Lunch Equity, which according to, states that “school program regulations … require school food authorities participating in the National School Lunch Program to ensure sufficient funds are provided to the nonprofit school food service account for meals served to students not eligible for free or reduced price meals.”

According to the website, “There are two ways to meet the requirement, either through the prices charged for paid meals, or through other non-Federal sources provided to the nonprofit school food service account.”

The board voted 8-0 to purchase new stage curtains for the middle school at $6,854, after being informed that they needed replaced when the board recently approved new stage curtains for the high school and Salladasburg Elementary School. The current curtains at the middle school are handmade, and the audience is able to see through them when the curtains were closed. By ordering the stage curtains with the orders from the other two schools, the board was able to save $2,000.

Ken Berkich, from Fidevia, gave an update on the Jersey Shore Elementary project, that included about 15 possible change orders that total $52,929. The board will vote on the change orders at their next meeting.

Some of the updates that Berkich showed the board included, new curbing and sidewalks, retaining wall, work in the kitchen, and steps outside the kindergarten wing.

The board also hired four employees for the 2014-15 school year.

Emily Buttorff as a second grade teacher at Salladasburg Elementary School, at a salary of $42,004, effective July 1.

Krista Callahan as a sixth grade teacher at the middle school, at a salary of $42,004, effective July 1.

John Faryniak as the automotive technology teacher at the high school, at a salary of $43,265, effective July 21.

Erin Helbley as a fourth grade teacher at Jersey Shore Elementary, at a salary of $42,004, effective July 24.

The board also filled four coaching/adviser positions for the 2014-15 school year.

Shirley McGinnis was hired as cheerleading junior high school adviser at a salary of $1,938.

Tracy Kessinger was hired as an assistant girls varsity soccer coach at a salary of $2,124.

Scott Munro was hired as an assistant boys varsity basketball coach at a salary of $3,677.

Dan Lazorka was hired as the head junior high softball coach in the fall and head varsity softball coach in the spring at a combined salary of $5,826

The board accepted the resignation of Valerie Day, an elementary music teacher, effective Aug. 1, and Mary Lou Jensen, kindergarten teacher, effective Aug. 8.