By KATHRYNE RUBRIGHT
Liberty-Benton school board approved a new contract with the support staff union Wednesday, guaranteeing one raise and tying two more raises to performance.
Educational aides, secretaries and maintenance staff will receive a 2.75 percent raise in the contract’s first year.
Additional raises of up to 2.75 percent will be “tied to a performance-based evaluation” in the second and third years, Superintendent Mark Kowalski said after the meeting.
The contract runs from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2021.
Separately, the board approved a one-year contract with The Nutrition Group to manage the district’s food service department next year.
The company will provide a supervisor, but the rest of the kitchen staff will remain employed through Liberty-Benton. The Nutrition Group will also supply its own food rather than using other vendors.
“We see this as a way to enhance some of our food service offerings and to keep us in compliance with the meal requirements,” Kowalski said.
The Nutrition Group will promote its food on social media in the hopes of convincing students who pack lunches to try new food.
Kowalski could not provide the cost of the contract Wednesday night.
Food service supervisor Sharon Freed is retiring at the end of this school year.
The board approved meal prices for the 2018-2019 school year. Reduced-price breakfast and lunch will remain 40 cents, and student and adult breakfasts are $1.35 again.
Elementary lunches will be $2.50, up from $2.45. Lunch for grades six through 12 will increase to $2.60 from $2.55.
Adult lunches are up to $3.25 from $3.