Board passes budget with $12M in cuts
The Pinellas County School Board passed its final $1.2 billion budget Tuesday, with a slightly lower tax rate than last year. Board members voted unanimously in favor of the budget and property tax rate. The budget includes about $12 million in cuts. About half of that amount comes from a reduction in health care expenses. That money has been used to give teachers a slight raise. Other cuts in the budget include reductions in contracted services, overtime payments and moving some general fund expenses to the food service fund.
Elementary schools have a choice of one entree or cold sandwich and two fruits or vegetables, or salad plate meal and one fruit or vegetable. Meatless entree, chef salad and cold sandwich selection available daily. Both include choice of milk: low-fat, skim or skim chocolate, and bread or crackers and dessert when available.
Middle and high school menus rotate every two weeks and are different for each individual school.
Monday: Chicken poppers with biscuit, max sticks with sauce, farmers salad, sweet potato stix, romaine salad.
Tuesday: Teriyaki chicken over rice, goldfish ham and cheese melt, yogurt parfait, steamed peas, veggie dippers.
Wednesday: Rib-b-que sandwich, tortellini alfredo, chef salad, oven fries, romaine salad.
Thursday: Popcorn shrimp with hush puppy, corn dog, chicken Caesar salad, baked beans, veggie dippers.
Friday: Pizza, meatball sub, veggie double, dipper salad, green beans, romaine salad.