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Free meals expanded to include school employees

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Managing Editor

Chilton County Schools is offering employees the opportunity for free breakfast, lunch and snack as a thank you for helping with serving meals to students.

The board approved the free meals for employees during a meeting on Sept. 15.

Superintendent Jason Griffin said this was possible because students are eating in the classroom.

“It is just a small perk we can give them for all the hard work they are doing,” Griffin said.

The state department allows school systems to offer free meals to those that assist in serving meals to students. This school year that includes everyone.

“Teachers are helping serve meals in their classrooms,” Griffin said. “Custodians are helping clean up. Administrators are helping serve the meals. CNP (Child Nutrition Program) workers are cooking them, and everyone is contributing. The state allows for each system to decide if they want to provide free meals to those that are assisting with the program.”

This will be available through the end of the school year.

Also during the meeting, the Board approved:

  • Hiring school nurse assistants for each school building for the remainder of the semester. These positions will be paid for through funds from the Health and Wellness Act related to coronavirus funding.
  • The budget for the next fiscal year with no changes from what was previously presented to the board during a work session.