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By SANDIE BANKS
Breakfast and lunch at the Carroll County schools will cost a bit more when school starts Aug. 7.
Patty Burgess, director of food service, requested a 15-cent increase for student breakfasts and a 5-cent increase for student lunches at all schools. She also asked for a 25-cent increase for adult breakfasts and lunches. The board approved both requests at the July 24 meeting.
Burges said the increase is needed to cover a 13 percent increase in the cost of groceries and a 20 percent increase in the price of milk and bread.
The board recognized Charlie Dennis of Dow Corning and Joan Moore, executive director of the Carroll County Community Development Corporation, for their work with the local Dolly Parton Imagination Library.
Dennis also provided a $10,000 check from the Dow Corning Foundation for the program, the first installment of $30,000 pledged by the company over three years. The money will be used to buy books that will be distributed to children throughout the county who are 5 years old and younger.
Superintendent Lisa James said this is the fourth year that the district has participated in the project.
The children receive books each month, which until now have been sponsored mostly by parent and grandparents in the first year. Last year, about 219 children received books.
Moore wrote the grant application for the Dow funding.
“The CCCDC has had a long-standing partnership with the Carroll County school system,” she said. “We believe that one of the most effective ways to increase the quality of our future work force is to invest in early childhood education.”
According to www.dollysimaginationlibrary.com, the library was created by Dolly Parton in 1996 as a way to share her love of books with pre-school children.
The board recognized Doug Oak and Pam Williams for their work with the Head Start and the “Head Start Gold Star Review,” which was conducted this past April.
Oak is principal at Cartmell Elementary, where the Head Start program is located. Williams was the Head Start coordinator until recently, when she was hired as the district’s new elementary instructional supervisor.
Jessica Wilkerson was recognized for being chosen as a Kentucky Governor’s Scholar and Desiree Reese was recognized as a Murray Commonwealth Scholar.