Hanover County is one of only two school divisions in the state that doesn’t have students in all grade levels taking part in a federally funded free and reduced price meals program. The new school budget will change that situation in the fall.
While over 17 % of middle schoolers are part of the National School Lunch Program, only 6 % of high school students take part in a local program. Assistant Superintendent Terry Stone is confident there will ll be a change to include high school students in the federal program in the fall:
"It is included in the 2018 approved school board budget final adoption will be in May."
The change will simplify participation for all students.
"Families can complete one application and that applies for all the students living in their household. Currently with two separate programs there’s some confusion with our families and that second action that’s required ..as a result we’re seeing a lower participation."