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Plano School Board OKs 10 cent hike in school meal fees

Administrative offices for Plano School District 88
Administrative offices for Plano School District 88

The Plano School District 88 Board of Education unanimously approved a 10-cent increase in the cost of school meals during a meeting April 15.

“For the coming 2019-20 school year, the finance committee recommended a 10-cent increase in meal prices because this would help the district appease the ISBE Illinois State Board of Education) and not place too much of a burden on our families,” Superintendent Tony Baker said in a memo to the board.

Because of the increase, school officials do not plan to raise prices for the 2020-21 school year, Baker said.

The new meal prices for the coming school year will be $1.25 for breakfast at all buildings, up from $1 in fiscal 2016; lunch at PH Miller, Centennial and Emily Johns from $2.40 in fiscal 2016 to $2.65 next year; and lunch at the Middle and High schools from $2.50 in fiscal 2016 to $2.75 this year.

Each of the fees increased only 10 cents since last year and 25 cents each since the school district’s 2016 fiscal year.

“These are still reasonable fees,” Board President Tim Campbell noted.

Out of 27 district fees from fiscal 2016 through fiscal 2020, meals are the only ones that have increased.

In other business, Gina Hubbard was introduced as the district’s new technology coordinator.

Her role will include providing professional development for teachers to promote the application of technology in classrooms.

The position is a result of the leadership that is required to ensure teachers and students have the resources and knowledge necessary to incorporate and demonstrate essential technology skills.

Other responsibilities will include development and maintenance of a technology resource plan, oversight of technology maintenance and others.

Baker said Hubbard will be filling a position now held by Kathy Tyler, who had combined the position with teaching responsibilities. She will be retiring from the district at the end of this school year, Baker said.

Hubbard said being the coordinator for a district like this is a new challenge.

“I’m excited about being in a leadership role,” she added.

Because she will be working in all five of Plano’s schools every week, each school will be her office.

“My goal is to be out and visible to the staff and students,” she said.

Hubbard, who came from the St. Charles School District, said she has 20 years of extensive technology and knowledge and eight years experience teaching technology and providing professional development.

She received her bachelor’s degree in organizational and corporate communication from Northern Illinois University, her master’s degree and teaching certification from Aurora University and her teaching certification in instructional design and technology from Western Illinois University. 

Because of the importance and capacity of this role to meet the needs of the staff and students throughout the district, Hubbard’s contract extends past the typical school year and is classified as an 11-month contract, Baker said.

Hubbard’s salary has been set at $70,000.  

Officials did not say how many applicants there were for the position.

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