Schools to continue meal deliveries through June

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LINDEN — Montgomery County children are counting down the days to summer break, but local schools will keep feeding students after classes end in two weeks.

The three school districts have agreed to run home meal deliveries until the end of June, as families struggle with the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, said North Montgomery Superintendent Dr. Colleen Moran during Monday’s virtual school board meeting.

“We’ve just got families in need, so all three districts have decided to [deliver meals] through June 30,” Moran said before the board approved the extended deliveries.

Schools began taking meals to families who signed up for the service after classrooms were shuttered in the middle of March. The districts are also delivering for the Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau’s Nourish program.

The last day of school at North Montgomery will be May 15, following suit with the rest of the county. The board approved four waiver days to end the school year earlier than scheduled.

Sponsors of spring extra curricular activities, which were underway when schools were closed, will be paid for the full season.

In other business, the board:

• Approved the adoption of Pearson textbooks for elementary reading and language arts and high school language arts and technical drawing.

• Approved the installation of football field lights by Techline Sports Lighting in the amount of $67,610.

• Approved the replacement of iron filters at the high school by AdEdge for $131,250.

• Approved the purchase of 245 portable radios from Raycom on a three-year lease totaling $153,736. The district is replacing obsolete radios used by employees and bus drivers to communicate between the school buildings.

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