Free lunch for BWSD elementary students
By Geoff Belcher
Aug 1, 2014, 20:59
School bells will be ringing all across the Coast in a few days, but going "back to school" will be a little bit cheaper this year for elementary and middle-school students in the Bay-Waveland School District: They will all receive free lunch, all year long.
"All the students, kindergarten-through-eighth grade, will qualify," Dr. Rebecca Ladner, district superintendent said Friday. "We qualify under a USDA grant for the next four years."
The grant is based on the percentage of students who receive some type of government assistance, such as food stamps or TANF funds, Brad Barlow, the district's facilities director, said Friday.
"It is based upon direct certification figures which are provided by the Department of Health and Human Services," Barlow said. "At least 40 percent of the children in your school have to receive community benefits."
Students at Bay High School just missed the cut-off to qualify for the 2014-15 school year, Ladner said, "but we're going to re-apply in April for the 2015-16 school year."
A Hancock County School District employee said Friday that the county schools did not meet the USDA cut-off.