By Valerie Reddell
Trustees for Woodville ISD approved a measure to increase lunch prices by 25 cents Monday to comply with regulations set by the National School Lunch Program.
Adjustments are made after the periodic calculation by the Texas Department of Agriculture of foods costs.
Student lunches at the high school and middle school will rise from $2.50 to $2.75. At the elementary/intermediate campus, student lunches will increase from $2 to $2.25. Adult meals on both campuses will increase from $3.50 to $3.75.
Trustees also approved policy updates recommended by the Texas Association of School Boards and added three provisions to the District of Innovation plan.
The board will reschedule a leadership training session after a facilitator could not be obtained on the agree-upon date last Thursday. Superintendent Glen Conner also expects to announce soon a date for a public hearing on the proposed budget, likely to be held in late August.
And while legislators have started a special session in Austin to try to hammer out an agreement on matters that couldn't settle during the regular session.
One of those hot-button issues that died in the regular session was the bathroom bill, in which Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick hopes to regulate who uses what bathroom. Current practice at the Woodville school district ensures that student privacy is respected whether such legislation comes about or not.
Conner said the district has made accommodations in the past for students who need additional privacy for reasons that have nothing to do with gender identity.
Conner said the athletic dressing room for boys does use "gang" shower facilities, while clarifying he had never entered the girls' locker room so he could not immediately answer how they were equipped.
For a variety of reasons, students have been allowed to change clothes or use the rest room in the nurse's office, Conner said. He said the district has also made showers and even laundry facilities available to students who needed them.
"Some of our students don't have a shower at home, or they need their clothes washed. We make accommodations to make sure their hygiene needs are met," Conner said.
There are an unlimited number of medical or financial reasons a student may need special consideration when it comes to rest room use, education experts across Texas have said. If anyone becomes aware that accommodations are being made, they should never assume that the reason has anything to do with gender identity or other politically charged issue.