The Lee County School Board, in their regular monthly meeting last Tuesday, approved a summer nutrition program, partnering with Appalachian Community Action Center to provide free breakfast and/or lunch to children 18 years of age or younger. The schools effected by this program include Dryden and Elydale Elementary and Thomas Walker High School which will provide breakfast 8-9 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and St. Charles Elementary which will provide lunch from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. The board also approved a reduction in meal prices set at 30 cents for breakfast and 40 cents for lunch for all schools.
Superintendent Mark Carter announced Jonesville Middle and St. Charles Elementary as the schools with the highest attendance percentages.
William Akers, Program Director of the Southwest Virginia Paramedic Program, asked the board for consideration of a program offered by Mountain Empire Community College to establish dual enrollment EMT classes in high schools. Carter commented that the board would like to see the program started. Federal and state grants will cover most start-up expenses.