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PO Box 160
Menahga MN 56464
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FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

KEVIN WELLEN

 

 

   
 

 

Help Make School Meals for Menahga Students an Automatic Part of their Education

 

To make this happen, we need every family to have a completed Application for Educational Benefits (free/reduced lunch application) to the District Office by December 13th
 

WHETHER THEY QUALIFY OR NOT
 

Rationale: Kids learn better if they have eaten. By making this a routine experience for all families, it will be helping all students get free meals, not just their own. We will eliminate the need for families to make any decision as to whether they qualify or wish to apply. Families who have qualified or already completed forms this year do not need to resubmit them. If we get forms completed for at least 80% of our students, ALL students would receive free meals. To hit 80% we need forms for about 270 more students, but we only need one form per family. If this is successful, I would propose the same program next year with a September 22nd deadline. This will save families about $175 yet this year per child for all parents who are currently paying for lunch. If successful, the program would save around $350 per child next year.

Why? A significant portion of state funds for all schools is determined by the percent of students who qualify for free or reduced meals. (Last year we received over $650,000.) Students don’t have to eat the meals to qualify for this revenue, but we need the form completed. If we hit the 90% goal, it is our estimate that we could get as much as $250,000 more from the state. This extra revenue will more than pay for the meals for all students. We need to get this information to the state by December 15th to qualify for the extra money, or we wait until next year.

This will benefit all students, so we want to reward all students.

  • Beginning December 16th, free lunch & breakfast will be available for families that fill out free/reduced application regardless of qualification status
  • 80% Completion = Free meals and full, unlimited salad bar with lunch for ALL students
  • 90% Completion = Ice Cream Sundae party for Entire school
  • 95% Completion = School-Wide Pizza Party

 

Please consider: In a district with many large families, a family of nine (parents and seven children) qualify if their household income is under $83,343. For a household of 15 (13 children) the threshold is $129,519. The application is on our website. 

http://www.menahga.k12.mn.us/page/2516

For privacy, envelopes are available in each office. If you have questions regarding the forms, please contact Deb at the district Office: 218-564-4141 ext. 330  

 

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Kevin Wellen

Superintendent 

Menahaga Public Schools

 

 

 

 
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