The Milbank School District Board of Education decided school lunch meal prices will remain the same as last year. Breakfast will remain $1.65 for K-12 students, $2.10 for adults and $.35 for milk. Lunch meal prices will stay at $2.65 for K-5, $2.90 for 6-12, and $3.50 for adults. “Meal rates were increased the past two years due to USDA regulations in the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 that required the district to raise its lunch prices by a minimum of $.05 if the weighted average of meals was below $2.78,” said Superintendent Tim Graf. “The weighted average of our meal prices is currently $2.79.”
No increases were made for admission or activity tickets for the 2016-2017 school year. Admission for all activities is $5 for adults and $3 for students, with the exception of doubleheader basketball contests, which are $6 for adults and $4 for students. Admission for Prom Grand March and Homecoming Coronation is $2. Activity ticket prices will remain at $20 for grades 1-8 and $25 for high school. Adult 10-punch passes are $40 and adult season passes are $100. The district also offers an annual Golden Age pass at $25 for ages 65 and over.
The cost for yearbooks will remain unchanged. The price for a Koch School and middle school annual is $14 and the high school yearbook is $35.
Mileage reimbursement and meal per diem rates for staff will remain the same according to state reimbursement rates. Substitute teacher pay rates were discussed by the board. The current substitute teacher rate is $90 for non-certified subs per day and $100 for certified subs. “Sub rates were raised $5 each of the past three years,” said Graf. “We continue to have difficulty finding subs and have been unable to do so at times. We are not sure if continuing to raise the rate will help with supply or not.” The board decided to keep the sub rates the same, but approved an increase in the hourly sub rate and school nurse sub rate. The hourly sub rate was increased from $9.50 to $10 and the school nurse sub rate from $15 per hour to $16.