At the Pittsylvania County School Board meeting Tuesday night, the board heard an update on the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program, which offers students breakfast and lunch at no charge, and how schools can qualify for them.

Last month, the school board approved Gretna Middle School, Mt. Airy Elementary School and Union Hall Elementary School to participate in the program.

Gretna Elementary School, Hurt Elementary School and Chatham Elementary School were approved last year and will continue the program for a four year term.

Kara Scott, supervisor of school nutrition, explained how the schools are chosen for inclusion in CEP.

CEP is a federally funded meal service option for low income areas. To qualify, schools must have 40-percent of students directly certified, which are students identified as receiving free meals due to their household’s participation in SNAP, TANF or Medicaid benefits. This is only a subset of those receiving free meals.

Scott said that even if a school qualifies, it might not be financially feasible to offer the program.

However, the school board expressed its want to be able to provide that service to all students.

The board also discussed the school system’s potential new logo and decided to go back to the drawing board on it, as the members were not satisfied with the one presented.

The board approved an anonymous donation in the amount of $32,282.06 to go towards a new playground at Gretna Elementary School.

In other business, the school board approved:

The 2018-2019 budget summary/request for carry over of 2018-2019 funds

Categorical transfers and budget amendments for 2018-2019

2019-2020 budget amendments based on approved state budget

Employer Health Savings Account (HSA) initial deposit for new employees for 2019-2020

Authorization for grant application for school security equipment

Procurement bids on tile replacement at the Pittsylvania Career and Technical Center

2019-2020 sick leave bank committee

Approval of change in certification supplement for bus shop mechanics

2019-2020 budget committee membership

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