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May 5--  In 1995, Virginia Sharpe began her tenure representing Ward 3 on the Vidalia School Board.  Also that year, Doug Roper III was a senior at Vidalia High School and helped lead the Indians to the state baseball championship.

Last Thursday, Mrs. Sharpe informed the school board she is resigning and recommended Roper take her place.  Board members agreed and appointed Roper to fill her remaining term which expires in December.  He plans to run for the job in the November election.

In another action, the board acknowledged a state requirement to increase the cost of school lunches a nickel starting next school term.  The increase will not apply to breakfast meals nor to students who receive reduced price meals.

The following memo was provided the board by School Nutrition Director Linda Collins.

"We have received notification from the Georgia Department of Education that we will be required to increase student lunch prices this year, and possibly every year until our prices meet a certain rate. According to a memo from USDA, our student full paid lunch prices must eventually be increased to $2.46 a plate. The Accounting Program Manager with the Georgia Department of Education has recommended that we increase these lunches by 5 cents for the 2011-2012. This will only affect full paid lunch prices, not reduced price meals or breakfast.

"I am also recommending that we increase our adult meal prices by a quarter each at breakfast and lunch, because our current prices no longer cover the cost of the food/supplies/labor. Adults will no longer be able to charge their meals beginning in August 2011."

Below is a comparison of the current and new meal prices:

Current Lunch Prices                   Lunch Prices beginning August 2011
Pre-K through Grades 5: $1.25      Pre-K through Grades 5: $ 1.30
Grades 6 – 12:               $1.75             Grades 6 – 12:       $  1.80
Reduced Price:                   .40*          Reduced Price:           $  .40*

Adults Breakfast $1.50                  Adult Breakfast               $1.75
Adult Lunch $2.75                        Adult Lunch                     $3.00

*A federal cap restricts us from increasing the price of reduced meals at either breakfast or lunch.