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School lunch price may increase

School meals may cost more this fall under a proposal to add 5 cents to the price of student meals at secondary schools and adult meals at any school. The School Board on Wednesday will consider the price change, which would increase meals from $1.50 to $1.55. Meal prices have not increased since 1988, but salaries, fringe benefits and food costs have gone up, Pinellas County School Superintendent Howard Hinesley said.Hinesley rates a 4

on scale of 1 to 5

Pinellas County School Superintendent Howard Hinesley rated a 4.07 rating on a scale of 5.0 from the School Board for his first six months in office. Board members recently evaluated Hinesley on things such as relationship with board, community relations, personal attributes, management and leadership. His highest average rating, a 4.9, came for his "sound fiscal management of the school district." His lowest average rating, 3.6, was for "evaluation of professional and supporting services staff using objective evaluation criteria," and "providing promotional opportunity for competent employees."

School officials

may get raises

Pinellas County school administrators may see their paychecks increase anywhere from 0.6 percent to 1.8 percent under a proposal going before the School Board on Wednesday. The percentage increases are comparable to those that have been offered to full-time teachers. Current administrative salaries range from $27,180 to $86,196.

Publications may face

principal's approval

Non-school material such as religious or political publications that students want to disseminate at school must be submitted to a principal for approval at least 72 hours before distribution under a proposal that the School Board will consider Wednesday. Principals also could limit distribution to certain times and places on campus but allow distribution from a central location at least once a week for 15 minutes while students are on campus. Principals could deny students permission to distribute material for reasons such as a conflict with school events, profanity, vulgarity or that it denigrates a group of people. Superintendent Howard Hinesley said principals requested the rules after a dispute between a principal and Tarpon Springs High students last fall over the distribution of a Christian newspaper.

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