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Kujda, Winch re-elected as board leaders

The Holland School Board reappointed its president and vice president during a reorganizational meeting Monday night.

Joseph Kujda was re-elected president and Neil Winch vice president.

Former board member and two-time board President Ronda Straus was sworn in to fill an unexpected vacancy on the board.

She was appointed last month after Susan VanRemmen, who had three years remaining in her five-year term, resigned for health reasons.

Van Remmen won the seat Straus had vacated after completing her term in 2005. Straus did not seek re-election at that time because of work-related demands. She will fill the post until formal board elections are held next May.

In other action, the board approved, 5-1, a 5-cent increase in school lunch prices. Board member Michael Liddle opposed the increase. Winch was not present at the meeting.

Middle school and high school lunches will now cost $1.80 each. The cost of a lunch in the elementary school will be $1.55.

Last month, the board indicated to food service officials that they would favor such an increase, particularly since it had been at least three years, and possibly as many as six years, since the last increase took effect.

Superintendent Garry F. Stone said the price increase was proposed, in part, because other districts are increasing their prices in anticipation of the state's wellness policy.

However, Liddle felt that the decision to increase prices was premature without a comprehensive plan from the in-house-run cafeteria program that has operated in and out of red ink over the last few years.

"I don't want to approve this until I see it laid out in a plan. You can't run any business entity without benchmarks," Liddle said.

George said that she and cafeteria director Georgette Bosela are working on a comprehensive plan and will present it to the board during the Aug. 27 meeting.

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