The Houston board of education approved a propane bid and set two hearings.

The Houston board of education accepted bids Monday for supplies for the upcoming school year, increased breakfast and lunch prices and set in motion an effort to pay off district debt early.

Members accepted bids for copy paper from Sam’s Club, milk products will go to Top Gun LLC, Sara Lee will provide bread products and pest control will be handled by Stallcup Extermination.

Bids for propane were rejected and will be rebid.

In other matters, members:

-Approved raising lunch prices from $1.50 to $1.60 and breakfast, up a nickel to $1.05. The increase was in response to USDA’s “Equity in School Lunch Pricing” provision that prevents schools from holding the line on lunch prices by subsidizing costs of food with free- or reduced-price lunches, said Dr. Dan Vandiver, superintendent.

-Okayed a resolution to defease $185,000 of general obligation bonds. The process places district funds into an escrow account to be held for paying bonds when they become due. The effort results in saving interest by providing for paying district debt early.

-Added an additional paraprofessional position at the elementary building.

-Recognized bus maintenance supervisor Joe Montgomery for receiving a 100 percent pass rate during a state bus safety inspection. It’s a mark that has been reached several years in a row.


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