Lewis: Decrease admission to athletic events, raise lunch prices

mrice@ledger-enquirer.comMay 12, 2014 

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In a newsy work session Monday evening, the Muscogee County School Board heard Superintendent David Lewis' recommendations to:

Adopt a new district-wide math program for grades K-5.

• Increase lunch prices but decrease admission prices to athletic events.

• Sell the former Daniel Middle School property to a developer who plans to convert the Manchester Expressway location into a shopping center.

The board will vote on these recommendations during its official meeting next Monday at 6 p.m. in the Muscogee County Public Education Center.

Price changes

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires school systems to charge meal prices equivalent to the federal reimbursement rate for lunch, according to the superintendent’s recommendation. So the district’s lunch prices would increase by 5 cents: from $2 to $2.05 for elementary school students and from $2.25 to $2.30 for middle school and high school students.

Perhaps families could find ways to pay for the lunch increase by saving money when they attend high school sporting events.

Todd Stanfill, the district’s athletics director, said the proposal is designed to encourage more people to attend games. The thinking is that increased attendance can generate more school spirit and more revenue while making up for the decreased admission price.

For a football game, instead of paying $7 in advance and $10 at the gate, the price would be $5 in advance and $7 at the gate.

As is the policy now, no discount would be offered for advance sales in the other sports, but the district would implement a discount for students. So for a basketball game, instead of paying $7, students would pay $3 and adults would pay $5. Those prices also would apply for baseball, soccer, softball, swimming, track, volleyball and wrestling.

Property sale

Lewis is recommending the board approve the Right to Purchase Agreement with Bright-Meyers 2001 LLC, an Atlanta-based developer, for the property at 1042 Manchester Expressway, where the former Daniel Middle School is located. The sale price would be $1,225,000.

According to the agreement, Bright-Meyers intends to turn the property into a shopping center.

After the meeting, Lewis declined to comment on the details of the developer’s plan. The proceeds from the sale, he said, would be used for the district’s capital projects.

Mark Rice, 706-576-6272. Follow Mark on Twitter @MarkRiceLE.

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