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Enrollment near capacity for start date; school-provided lunch to be offered

According to Jean-Jacques Grandiere, General Director of Lycee Francais de la Nouvelle Charter School, everything is in order for the August 13 start-date of the 2012-13 school year. That includes, for the first time, a school-provided lunch.

Members of the charter school’s board announced that Revolution Foods, contracted through KIPP food service, had been chosen to provide daily breakfast and lunch for students at the new Patton Street campus. Members said the lunches should not cost more than $3.25 per meal, and they hope for a 70 percent participation rate.

The school plans to hire a full-time and a part-time employee to handle kitchen operations.

Board member Paige Saleun said parents have sampled meals at orientation events, and that parent-volunteers will be recruited to help serve meals during the lunch period. Revolution will be able to special-order meals for students with specific needs and will offer vegetarian options.

On the enrollment front, Jacques-Grandiere said there were 347 students in K3 through second grade enrolled for next year. He hopes to add three more to reach 350 students, the maximum capacity of the school.

Included in enrollment numbers are 20 students in Pre-K4 classes, who were enrolled through the state’s LA4 grant program.

“We had a very long waiting list,” Jacques-Grandiere said.

In other business, the board voted to add members Jacqueline Simon, Dan Henderson and Joel Vilmenay to serve one-year terms. Board members normally serve three-year terms. Julianne Ruocco was also hired as the school’s new finance director.

After the meeting, board members said that adding more board members not only beefs up the board’s numbers, which had fallen down to five, but also allows needed advisory committees to be established.

The next board meeting will be held on Sept. 10.

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