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Sibley East’s Board of Education, next month, will consider whether or not to offer free breakfast to all Sibley East students beginning second semester.

Superintendent Stephen Jones presented information at the Board of Education meeting Monday night, that showed that offering the free breakfast to either just elementary students or Kindergarten through Grade 12 would cash flow. There is also a potential to see increase in revenue to the district’s food service fund.

The school district is reimbursed through the federal government based on participation in the program.

It is not the potential revenue that is causing the school administration and school board to consider this venture. “It’s to help our kids and their families,” Jones said. Currently 49.3% of students in the district qualify for free and reduced lunch, he said.

Studies have shown that students who eat breakfast perform better academically in school.

Senior High Principal Jim Amsden noted that school programming is being extended to 10 hour days. For example, classes were recently held before school for students preparing for state standardized tests. Some of those students, because they had to get up earlier, did not eat breakfast, he said.

If the school board decides to proceed with offering free breakfast, the breakfast would be brought to the classrooms for the elementary students, Jones said. Junior High and Senior High students would eat breakfast in the school cafeteria.

In other business, the Board of Education:

• Accepted the resignation of Larry Rewerts, high school social studies teacher, effective Dec. 22, 2009 and Chad Bachman as tennis coach.

• Approved a leave of absence request for Holly Vos, second grade teacher, to begin approximately April 3, 2010 to the end of the school year.

• Approved volunteer coaches Dave Strack and Katie Boehne.

• Set the January 2010 school board organizational meeting and regular school board meeting for Thursday, Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Plans are to hold the meetings the third Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m.

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