By Mark Messman,
Superintendent EV-W Schools
What a Week
What a week of weather. In my 32 years of education, I have never seen a week of weather like we experienced this past week. I hope all of you have stayed safe and warm. Thank you for your cooperation and flexibility with schedules and announcements, I realize how difficult it can be to coordinate daycare, meals, and work schedules while kids are at home.
The good news is that warmer weather is coming soon. The challenge is that we’re only getting into February. Thanks for all that you do for our EV-W students.
Everything seems to be in a holding pattern at the Legislature while they await the February forecast and the Governor’s budget recommendations. Committees continue to spend time going through overviews and getting to know the issues they will tackle this session. However, legislators are introducing bills at a breakneck pace. To date, 375 bills have been introduced in the House and 627 in the Senate.
The impact of the federal government shutdown, although over, is causing some of our elected officials to hold their breath. A common theme is that the shutdown may have had a negative impact on revenue coming into the state. This creates some anxiety and increased worries about a budget that was once forecast to be very positive.
Financial Support for School Meals
State funds are available to pay for reduced-price or free school meals for children. The state funds will also pay for participating kindergarten students to receive breakfast at no charge. In addition, the school district will then qualify for educational funds and discounts with each completed and qualifying application. Families can apply for free or reduced meal prices at any time throughout the year. As an example, eligibility could occur whenever a family member experiences a significant change in salary due to seasonal work, unemployment, or a change in family status. I would encourage you to review the most frequently asked questions below, and then contact Lori Teicher at (320)
453-2900 ext. 1142 for assistance.
• Who can get free school meals? Children in households participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), and foster, homeless, migrant and runaway children can get free school meals without reporting household income. Also, children can get free school meals dependent on household members and income level.
• I get WIC. Can my children get free school meals? Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free school meals. Please contact Lori.
• May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen? Yes. You or your children do not have to be U.S. citizens for your children to qualify for free or reduced-price school meals.
• Who should I include as household members? For the purpose of school meal benefits, the members of your household are “Anyone who is living with you and shares income and expenses, even if not related.”
• What if my income is not always the same? List the amount that you normally get. If you normally get overtime, include it, but not if you get overtime only sometimes.
• How will the information be kept? Information you provide on the application, and your child’s approval status for school meal benefits, will be protected as private data. Your child’s approval status for school meal benefits may be shared with other nutrition, education or health programs that offer benefits based on approval for school meals with your approval. Let us know if you do not want your information shared for benefits from other qualifying programs.
The EV-W School District would like to recognize Justin Streit, son of Sue and Richard. Justin has been a consistent Academic All-Conference recipient in the Central Minnesota Conference, and was recently recognized as the Sub-District Lineman of the Year. The EV-W administration, faculty and staff are extremely proud of Justin for his accomplishments. Congratulations.
Quote of the Week
Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them. ~Anonymous