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By Carmen Ensinger
While the Greenfield School Board typically doesn’t have a board meeting during the month of July, since the district has a new interim Superintendent – Dr. William Phillips, he called for a special meeting on July 25.
At this meeting, the board approved participation in the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) for the elementary school.
The CEP is a National School Lunch and Breakfast Program for schools and school districts in low-income areas. This program allows schools in some of the highest poverty areas of the state to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all students without the need for students to enroll in any program or parents to fill out any application regarding household income.
Instead, schools who chose to participate in the CEP program are reimbursed using a formula based on the percentage of students eligible for free meals based on their participation in other programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.
While there were enough students at the elementary school to qualify for the program, there were not enough at the high school. Therefore, high school students will still have to pay the normal fees for their breakfast and lunch.
The families of eligible high school students are encouraged to submit an application at registration for their free or reduced meals for their students. Registration will be held on Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.