Board OKs idea to attract students to breakfast program

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch?

Well, Wednesday, the Punxsutawney Area School District approved free breakfast once classes resume this fall.

Cafeteria Manager Denise Geist had proposed a free breakfast day for students in all grades in order to attract more students to the program.
The board approved Wednesday, Sept. 21, as the day that free breakfast will be available to students in the district.

Geist also requested that the board approve an increase in price for a la carte lunch items that are made available as extra items for students.
Several board members asked if students must take all five items included in the regular school lunch, even if they don’t eat them and throw them away.

Geist said students should take only three items, not all five, especially if they won’t eat them.

Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe said it’s important for students to be aware of the three-item option, so there isn’t as much waste.

Geist said she and cafeteria staff will explain the lunch and breakfast ingredients during student orientation throughout the district.

The board voted to approve the increase in the a la carte pricing system.
In other business:

• Phil Heitzenrater, maintenance supervisor, said the javelin runway pad has been poured, but requires more landscape work.

He informed the contractor that he was hoping for the landscaping for the pad would be completed quickly so it would not interfere with the resurfacing of the track by All American Tracks Corporation.

The cost of the resurfacing is $59,000, and the javelin pad was $11,000.
Heitzenrater said the track resurfacing was supposed to begin July 25, but the contractor has been held up at another project because of the weather.

• The new doors for Punxsutawney Area Middle School have arrived, and the district is awaiting the arrival of the hardware for installation, Heitzenrater said.

• All four parking lots have been oiled and chipped, and the excess gravel was picked up by Jefferson Paving.

• Heitzenrater said the summer cleaning and maintenance program is going well, although work at the high school and middle school is behind schedule.

The summer cleaning at all the elementary school buildings is nearing completion. Once that is done, the workers will assist with the high school and middle school cleaning.

• The board approved repairs made by Trane to the high school HVAC system in the amount of $6,965 and $2,464 for the middle school HVAC system.

The problems were discovered during routine maintenance on both systems.