May 21—The Jamestown Public School Board unanimously approved on Monday, May 16, the school lunch prices for the 2022-23 school year.
For the 2022-23 school year, it will cost an extra $0.40 to $0.50 per meal per child from the last time families paid, which was two years ago.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service's nationwide waiver to allow the Seamless Summer Option through school year 2021-22 is set to expire at the end of the Jamestown Public School District's fiscal year, which is June 30. This waiver allows schools to serve meals to all students free of charge.
If the waiver is not extended, it would be the first time families will need to pay for meals for their children.
More than 600 Jamestown Parks and Recreation Department surveys were recently completed. Goals from the survey included learning what facilities community members are using, programs they participate in and how to communicate with the public.
Survey participants ranged from 18 years of age to 75 and older. A majority of the participants, or 78%, live within Jamestown city limits while 15% live within 10 miles of Jamestown.
The Stutsman County Commission unanimously approved a 2% limit increase for agencies outside the county jurisdiction for their 2023 budgets.
The county will notify all outside agencies, which include Jamestown Regional Airport, the James River Valley Library System and Stutsman County Soil Conservation District, that the increase will not necessarily be granted.
No increases to the levy limit were approved in 2021 or 2020. The commission approved a 2% increase in 2019 for the 2020 budget and a 3% increase in 2015 for the 2016 budget and in 2016 for the 2017 budget. No increases were approved in 2017 or 2018.
Once the preliminary budget is set between Aug. 10 and Oct. 10, the budget cannot be increased but can be decreased.
The overall flood outlook along the James River is at historically normal levels of risk right now even with the amount of precipitation the Jamestown area has received, according to Allen Schlag, hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck.
The Climate Prediction Center has been calling for a warmer and drier-than-normal weather pattern beginning in June.
Jamestown has received almost 4.5 inches of precipitation in April and about 4.2 inches of rain in May so far, according to measurements taken at the North Dakota State Hospital.
There are flood warnings for areas along the James River, but those are in South Dakota.
The Jamestown Public School Board unanimously approved the purchase of two 14-passenger school buses in the total amount of about $68,000.
The Jamestown Public School District will purchase two used 2014 Chevrolet Collins buses from Dakota Bus Sales LLC in Hurley, South Dakota. The buses each have more than 75,700 miles on them and cost about $34,000 per unit.
The buses do not require drivers to have a commercial driver's license to operate the vehicles.
Superintendent Rob Lech said the school district's two vans used to transport students to activities could be sold to help defray the cost of the buses.