School Lunch

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West Virginia schoolchildren cannot grow or learn without a healthy meal. Over 55% of the state’s school children receive free or reduced lunch, magnifying the importance and workload of our school systems’ dedicated food service personnel.  Over 2,200 food service employees work every day to ensure that children receive the meals they need to learn and succeed.

The WVSSPA is committed to the following legislative goals for West Virginia's school lunch workers:

Cook/Meal Ratio

  • Implement the cook/meal ratio in §18A-2-13 by changing the language to “The following guidelines shall be used by the county boards when scheduling full day and half day cooks”

Personnel Salaries 

  • Adequate funding for a 4-year salary package for service personnel and teachers with across the board implementation: Year 1-$2,000; Year 2-$2,000; Year 3-$2,000; Year 4-$4000
  • Re-instate the holiday pay
  • Automatic cost-of-living increases

 WV PEIA Insurance 

  • Increase PEIA employer contribution to match employment numbers
  • Re-instate the retiree subsidy for new hires as of July 1, 2010
  • Stronger healthcare cost containment legislation

WV State Board of Education and RESA 

  • Require legislative approval for State BOE members
  • Re-Introduce RESA bill-prohibiting the filling of service jobs to RESA employees
  • Accountability to the legislature on all aspects of RESA

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