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12 more Muscogee County schools to offer free meals to every student

A student goes through a school lunch line.
A student goes through a school lunch line. photo@ledger-enquirer.com

Twelve more Columbus schools will offer free meals to every student.

The Muscogee County School District, which starts its 2016-17 school year Monday, has expanded participation in a federal program that allows all students in qualified schools to eat breakfast and lunch at no charge, the district announced in a news release. The number of MCSD schools in the Community Eligibility Provision has increased from 26 last school year to 38 this school year.

These 12 MCSD schools will start offering free meals to every student: Allen, Gentian, Reese Road, River Road, Waddell and Wynnton elementary schools; Arnold, Double Churches, Fort and Richards middle schools; Early College and Hardaway high schools.

These 26 MCSD schools will continue offering free meals to every student: Brewer, Davis, Dawson, Dimon, Dorothy Height, Downtown, Forrest Road, Fox, Georgetown, Hannan, Johnson, Key, Lonnie Jackson, Martin Luther King Jr., Rigdon Road, South Columbus, St. Marys Road and Wesley Heights elementary schools; Baker, East Columbus, Eddy and Rothschild middle schools; Carver, Jordan, Kendrick and Spencer high schools.

These 15 MCSD schools don’t meet the criteria so they won’t offer free meals to every student: Blanchard, Britt David, Clubview, Double Churches, Eagle Ridge, Mathews, Midland and North Columbus elementary schools; Aaron Cohn, Blackmon Road, Midland and Veterans Memorial middle schools; Columbus, Northside and Shaw high schools. But students at those schools may qualify individually for free or reduced-priced meals if their parents or guardians apply.

CEP is part of the federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. To qualify, a school must have at least 40 percent of its students meet one of the following criteria as of April 1: be a recipient of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families; or be a homeless or foster child. Another way to qualify is to meet that threshold of 40 percent as a group of schools or an entire district.

MCSD SCHOOLS QUALIFYING FOR FREE MEALS

Here is how the Muscogee County School District grouped the schools to qualify for the Community Eligibility Provision, listed with their percentage of students who meet one of the following criteria as of April 1: be a recipient of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families; or be a homeless or foster child.

Group A

Dorothy Height Elementary School – 89.71%

Fort Middle School – 62.04%

Brewer Elementary School – 86.16%

Early College Academy – 72.84%

Wynnton Arts Academy – 60.5%

Double Churches Middle School – 47.69%

Rigdon Road Elementary School – 73.82%

St. Mary’s Road Elementary School – 71.64%

Hardaway High School – 36.67% (Hardaway was added because it was a Title I school and by grouping it with these other schools it meets the qualifying threshold.)

Group B

Carver High School – 65.48%

Forrest Road Elementary School – 69.85%

Gentian Elementary School – 58.57%

River Road Elementary School – 55.06%

Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School – 87.34%

Arnold Middle School – 42.9%

Allen Elementary School – 49.27%

Baker Middle School – 81.82%

Richards Middle School – 46.71%

South Columbus Elementary School – 82.23%

Group C

J. D. Davis Elementary School – 88.65%

Reese Road Elementary School – 43.57%

Spencer High School – 59.67%

Waddell Elementary School – 63.77%

Johnson Elementary School – 69.04%

Georgetown Elementary School – 69.62%

Dawson Elementary School – 74.01%

Kendrick High School – 55.57%

East Columbus Magnet Academy – 57.78%

Downtown Elementary Magnet Academy – 71.93%

Wesley Heights Elementary School – 71.36%

Group D

Fox Elementary School – 83.56%

Key Elementary School – 80.7%

Eddy Middle School – 81.18%

Lonnie Jackson Academy – 72.95%

Jordan High School – 60.34%

Dimon Elementary School – 59.5%

Hannan Elementary Magnet Academy – 58.65%

Rothschild Leadership Academy – 76.69%

Source: Muscogee County School District

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