School Lunch Prices to Increase 10 Cents

Students who wish to each school lunch will pay $.10 more per meal next school year. The new lunch prices were approved by the West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) Board of Education Monday, June 25, 2012.

The 2012/2013 prices will be:


Elementary           Secondary             Adult

$1.70                      $1.80                      $2.00


Elementary           Secondary             Adult

$2.60                      $2.70                      $3.25

 WDMCS Director of Nutrition Beth Hanna said the pricing is based on anticipated cost increases in several areas, including:

  • Anticipated increases in food and supply costs due to increased fruits, vegetables, and whole grain grains that must be offered to students and increased cost of purchased foods.
  • Negotiated increase in wages and benefits for staff.
  • Anticipated increase in repair and replacement of equipment due to age/operability, additional equipment required for the remodeled Valley and Stilwell that the projects didn’t include, additional refrigeration to support the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.

Hanna said this year the district will have new meal pattern required by the federal government. All students will be required to take 1/2 cup fruits or vegetables to be counted as a meal and cost the price of school meal. Otherwise, they will be charged à la carte prices.

School board member Andi Lipman noted that the district’s prices will be higher than other schools in the metro area. For example, Des Moines Public Schools charges $2.45 for an elementary lunch. A full comparisonand history of meal prices was provided in the board packet.

Hanna explained that the number of free and reduced meal reimbursements from the federal government, enrollment, labor costs and the new federal requirements all play a factor in the district’s price structure. WDMCS CFO Kurt Subra said the nutrition program is meant to be a self-sustaining program. He said the district applies for grants and obtains commodities to offset costs. He said some districts bailout their programs using general fund dollars, but the West Des Moines Community School District avoids this practice due to the potential impact on academic programs.

The new meal prices were approved by a 6-1 vote, with Lipman voting no.

To learn more about the new federal requirements and for additional resources, please see page 2 of the May Informline available here:

Other Action by the WDMCS Board

The West Des Moines Community School District Board of Education met in regular session on June 25, 2012 and took the following action:

  • approved the 2012-2013 Annual Improvement Goals as presented by the administration. This included deleting the following Goal Statements as the Iowa Assessments does not report grade equivalency data. Additionally the district cannot report cohort data with change in assessment from ITBS/ITED to Iowa Assessment

– Grade levels 4-8 (Reading and Mathematics) will grow an average of at least 1.2 years (NGE) on the ITBS from the previous year (cohort).Grade 8 Science-The 8th grade class will grow at least 1.2 years (NGE) from 7th grade (cohort).
– Grade 11 Reading- The 2011-12 11th grade class will increase the percentage of students proficient in reading from the 2009-10 9th grade (cohort).
– Grade 11 Mathematics-The 11th grade class of 2011-12 will increase the percentage of students proficient in mathematics from the 2009-10 9th grade (cohort).
– Grade 11 Science-The 2011-12 11th grade class will increase the percentage of students proficient in science from the 2009-10 9th grade (cohort).

Additions: Add goals for subgroups in the area of Mathematics (grades 4, 8 and 11)

Ansingh noted that the 2011-12 District & Building Goals were provided in the Board packet.

  • approved a three-year contract with possible extensions for two additional one year with StreetSmarts Driver Education based in Clive, Iowa to provide driver education programs and related services for eligible students in the district.
  • approved a contract with the Iowa Events Center – Hy-Vee Hall at the cost of $3000.00 with an $800.00 deposit for Valley High School’s 2012 Homecoming Dance, which will be held at on Saturday, September 22nd, 2012, from 8-11:00 pm. This dance is for Valley High School, Valley Southwoods and Walnut Creek Campus students. This will be paid from Student Council funds.
  • approved changes to the 2012 – 2014 Certified Staff Handbook, the 2012-2013 Student and Family Handbooks, and the 2012-2013 Special Education Handbook.
  • approved an agreement with Food Bank of Iowa which outlines the Backpack Buddies Program for the 2012-2013 school year. The program provides nutritious and easy-to-prepare food to chronically hungry children that they may take home on weekends. The WDMCS will distribute items provided by the Food Bank of Iowa free of charge to needy students.
  • approved the renewal agreement with Valley Evangelical Free Church, which is adjacent to Jordan Creek Elementary School, for use of classrooms for Early Childhood Special Education programing with the total cost of rent, utilities and custodial services for the 2012-2013 school year will be $20,000. PPEL funds will be used.
  • approved the proposed 28E Agreement is between Polk County Early Childhood Iowa and WDMCS for the district to house and serve as the employer of record for the Preschool Quality Standards Coach, which serves preschools throughout Polk County, with all costs being paid for by Polk County Early Childhood Iowa. This is the 7th year of this agreement.
  • approved the 201-2013 Board Meeting Calendar.
  • approved the district’s Procurement Card Manual.
  • approved the Building Secretary Procedure Manual. Administration thanked Stilwell building secretary Karen VanOostenrijk for her work on the manual.
  • approved an additional Walnut Creek Campus student Christopher Warner who has qualified for graduation subsequent to the Board approved list at the May 14, 2012 meeting.
  • approved an amendment with Orchard Place, which reflects additional hours for Sean Hubner, who is a PACE case worker, whose new duties will include monitoring the grounds at Walnut Creek Campus.
  • denied an open enrollment request out of the district for being late and not meeting good cause.
  • approved the new activity logo designs for West Des Moines Community Schools.
  • approved authorizing incoming WDMCS CFO Paul Bobek to execute on behalf of the West Des Moines Community School District the mitigation project – the FEMA safe room grant, which is providing $1.74 million in federal and state dollars for the Valley High School project.
  • approved a renewal of the Weitz Company contract with updated the terms and conditions.
  • approved a 28E agreement with Waukee Community School District to share the services of a Technology Support Coordinator employed by Waukee.
  • approved an agreement to provide a desirable dietetics learning experience for students in the ISU Dietetic Internship Program, with WDMCS hosting two students this year for two to three weeks in August and possibly another student during the spring semester. The students will observe and work in production kitchens, satellite schools, and Nutrition Services office with the Director of Nutrition Services learning all aspects of school food service. Their scheduled activities include serving meals to students; participating in nutrition education in classroom; evaluating menus; understanding federal and state requirements; and reviewing management topics such as personnel, financial management, safety and sanitation, equipment and facilities, communications and marketing. This agreement will be effective through June 30, 2013.
  • approved a renewal contract for Package VI Chemicals to EcoLab for 2012-13for detergents used in dish machines and clothes washers, sanitizers for counters and food contact surfaces, lime away and degreasers and other cleaning supplies used in kitchens.
  • approved the contract ($378,096.75) for fresh produce with Loffredo Fresh Produce Co., Inc. for 2012-13.
  • approved to renew the contract ($4,812,898) for Package I Food, Package IV Disposables, and Package VII Smallwares to Hawkeye Foodservice Distributing, Inc. for 2012-13.
  • approved to renew the contract for milk and dairy products with Roberts Dairy for 2012-13.
  • approved to renew the contract for bread products with Earthgrain Baking Co, Inc. for 2012-13.
  • approved a contract with Jim’s Johns ($12,110) for 2012-13 for removal and hauling of fats, oils, and grease from grease inceptors.
  • authorized a Fiscal Year 2012 funding adjustment of $1.325 million from the self-insurance fund to the general fund, nutrition fund, community education fund and the public education and recreation levy (PERL) fund. The funding adjustment will be allocated proportionately for the amounts remitted to the self-insurance fund in Fiscal Year 2012.
  • held an executive session as provided in section 21.5 (1) (a) of the open meetings law; reconvened into regular session. approved that a family not seek re-admission for a student for 2012-13.
  • approved the bills for payment dated June 25, 2012 in the amount of $9,748,709.76.
  • adopted the consent agenda including the minutes of the June 11, 2012 regular meeting and the June 12, 2012 special meeting, personnel resignations, recommendations, support staff new hires, certified staff initial contracts, change orders to the Valley High School Improvements 2011 Phase 1 project for the Jensen Builders Ltd. contract in the amount of $4,569 to paint numbers on 225 stalls in the west parking lot and reconfigure temporary construction fence along west side of site, change orders to the Valley High School Improvements 2011, Phase 2 project for the Allied Construction Services contract in the amount of $8,160.00 to modify the weight room rubber flooring to add colored insets per the request of the athletic department with costs to be covered through Valley athletics fundraising, for the Hansen Company contract in the amount of $1,819 to furnish and install two knox boxes  and modify wood blocking at window heads, for the Katelman Steel Fabrication, Inc. contract in the amount of $5,550 to extend the lintel heads, for the Nikkel and Associate, Inc. contract in the amount of $3,636 to make electrical changes as requested by City fire inspector  and add TV ceiling receptacles in foods labs, for the Olympic Companies contract in the amount of $5,563.00 to notch metal studs at the roof line as a result of a conflict of field tolerance issues, for the Proctor Mechanical contract in the amount of $1,063 to relocate FEMA event switch as requested by City fire inspector and adjust area well drain to allow water to flow away from building, and for the Siemens Industry contract in the amount of $1,705 to provide fire alarm devices as required by City fire inspector, change orders to the Valley Southwoods Tennis Complex project for the Corell Contractor contract in the amount of  $1,294 to upgrade the tennis court surfacing color to US Open blue, change orders to the Walnut Creek Campus project for the Van Maanen Electric contract in the amount of $636 to provide a double tier access pedestal in lieu of a single tier access pedestal, for the L.A. Fulton & Sons contract in the amount of $780 to test the geothermal tracer wire after backfilling has occurred and for the Olympic Companies contract in the amount of $1,466 to change the reveal trim piece at the soffits and for confirmation of actual costs associated with soffit demo vs. “time and material not to exceed” amount, change orders to the Westridge Elementary Exterior Renovations Project for the Academy Roofing and Sheet Metal contract in the amount of $3,183 to leave existing 3 each 3’x7’ and 1 each 6’x7’ doors, frames and hardware and install bakerod in 3+” gap and caulk with Silicone sealant 4 locations per pod on 3 pods (12 total), substantial completion of the Hillside Elementary School 2011 Heating Water & Chilled Water Retrofit Project.

Additional information and all contracts noted above are available in the board packet.

Above is an informal summary of the actions of the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education at recent meetings. This is provided as a service to district staff and the public. This is not the official minutes of the board meeting, but a quick rundown of action taken, not necessarily in chronological order. Official board minutes must be approved by the board per Policy 212.1 and then are posted on our website (