SHELDON—The Sheldon School District’s summer meal program is set to begin June 1 and will again be free of charge for children up to 18 years old.

Superintendent Cory Myer will discuss the program with the board of education when the board meets at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, at Crossroads Pavilion event center for its monthly meeting.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced in March it was extending its free school meal program through the summer in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The goal of the program is to provide nutritious meals to children who may otherwise struggle with food insecurity outside of school.

According to the school board meeting agenda, the summer meal program will take place 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday-Friday out of East Elementary. Families can enter the building through the front doors. Parents bringing their children may also purchase a meal for themselves for $3.85.

Students who eat lunch through the program will also be given a sack breakfast for the following day.

The district will run a bus route in town for students needing transportation to the school. The bus will stop at its normal in-town stops. Bus pickup times will be posted at a later date.

Myer will also update the board about work-based learning opportunities set to begin in the 2021-22 academic year, such as the Center for Advanced Professional Studies, registered apprentices and internships.

Other business the board will address at the meeting includes the following items:

  • Hear an information presentation from fourth-grade students about alternative reading activities they’ve engaged in during the past semester. They will also present “Book Share” projects they've created and discuss special projects they've been working on with Heather Keizer's seventh-grade reading students.
  • Consider five open-enrollment applications.
  • Consider resignations of Sheldon High School paraeducators David Jeffries and Lissa Lane-Johnson.
  • Hold second readings for the student/parent handbooks of the preschool, elementary, middle and high school buildings. The board will also hold first readings for the 2021-22 activity handbook, coaching handbook and staff handbook.
  • Receive updates on the preschool renovation project.
  • Consider approving meal prices for student and adult breakfasts and lunches, as well as for milk and juice for the 2021-22 academic year.
  • Designate recipients for the John N. and Irene E. Bowers Scholarship.
  • Consider a technology hardware and infrastructure quote of $120,152.75 from an information technology company to replace all networking equipment district-wide, including networking hardware that will be needed in the new preschool. Because the district participates in the Federal Communication Commission’s E-Rate program, $84,106.93 — or 70 percent — of the quote will be reimbursed with E-Rate funds.
  • Consider a two-year agreement with Houston-based Symmetry Solutions LLC for natural gas.