The Harford County Board of Education plans a March 10th business meeting to include naming an area at Harford Technical High School after former principal William Seccurro, and a presentation showing dramatic increases in meal services for students from low income families.
On the consent agenda, the Board will approve a request to name the construction courtyard at Harford Technical High School for Dr. William B. Seccurro, a former principal of the school and a former HCPS supervisor of career and technology education. Dale Neeper, a former Harford Tech administrator, made the request under a recent board policy revision that authorizes naming honors under specified conditions.
Under new business, Gary Childress, food and nutrition supervisor, and Jim Jewell, assistant superintendent of business services, will make a presentation on HCPS food and nutrition services. The U.S. Department of Agriculture National School Lunch Program sets guidelines for such services, which include breakfast and lunch offered to all students during the school year. Funding comes from a combination of sales revenue and federal and state subsidies.
The presentation Monday includes details on meal services specifically for low income families.
Presentation highlights include:
• Dramatic increases in both the number and percent of students determined eligible for Free and Reduced Meals (FARMS) over the past seven years. The number rose from 8,240 students in fiscal year 2007 to 11,548 in 2014, despite a decline in the total student population. The percent grew from 21% to 30% of the total population. The presentation attributes the increases to a sluggish economy and increased outreach to struggling families. Eligibility for FARMS is based on family income, and established through a voluntary application process.
• Summer meals jumped 144% between 2012 and 2013 with the addition of dinner, to a total of 90,559 meals. Summer meals served under the federal Summer Food Service Program for low income families also include breakfast, lunch and snack. Program locations include 19 school sites and eight off-site locations such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of Harford County.
• General information about HCPS food and nutrition services for all students:
Find the complete published presentation linked below.
Last on the March 10th meeting agenda is a report from Superintendent Barbara Canavan.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. in the A.A. Roberty Building in Bel Air, with a public comment period set for 6:35 p.m. The published agenda appears below. Please note that published agendas are subject to change.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Board Open Session – 5:40 PM – Board Room
Board Closed Session – 5:45 PM – Board Executive Conference Room
Board Business Meeting – 6:30 PM – Board Room
*Times are approximate
Call to Order – Mrs. Nancy Reynolds, President
Quorum Roll Call
Adoption of Agenda
Pledge of Allegiance
6:35 PM Public Comment
6:50 PM Board Committee Reports and Comments
7:05 PM A. Consent Agenda:
1) Affirmation of Monthly Contract Awards (Goal 4)
2) Minutes of Previous Board: February 24 2014 (Goals 1 – 4)
7:10 PM B. Presentation on Food and Nutrition Services, Mr. James M. Jewell, Mr. Gary Childress (Goal 4)
7:30 PM C. Superintendent’s Report
7:40 PM Future Meetings Review