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School lunch prices to increase by 15 centsRising food prices prompted the Oldham County Board of Education to increase the price of school lunches for the 2008-09 school year.Students will pay $1 for breakfast, $1.75 for elementary lunch, and $2 for middle and high school lunch beginning in the fall.Those prices reflect a $.15 increase across the board, about 8 percent overall.For students who eat a meal at school every day, meals will cost an additional $26 per child, per year.Administrators anticipate about a 15 percent increase in food costs next year compared to this year due to world-wide increases in food costs, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Support Services Rick McHargue said.McHargue said current prices are about average for surrounding schools. The increase will put meal prices at the same level as Jefferson County’s current level.McHargue said the price increase is unfortunate, but necessary.Students receiving free and reduced lunch will not see any change to their costs, school board director of communication Rebecca DeSensi said.

Community education program seeks inputIs there a class you have always wanted to take when you have time or when you see it is being offered someplace close to home and at a reasonable price? Are days, nights or Saturday morning best for you?The Oldham County Community Education Program seeks input on classes of interest to community members.If you would like to teach a class, suggest a class, or know someone who is able to teach a class of interest to adults, call 241-6018 or e-mail suzette.ertel@oldham.kyschools.us, write to Community Education, 7105 Floydsburg Road Crestwood, Ky., 40014, or visit the Oldham County Schools Arts center at the Floydsburg Road.

SOFD to test hydrantsThe South Oldham Fire Department will test Oldham County Water District fire hydrants during May, June and July.For information, call the South Oldham Fire Department at 241-8992 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.Calendar changes for Oldham County SchoolsThe 2008-09 calendar approved last month for Oldham County Schools is now two days shorter.The last day for students is now May 27, 2009, barring any make-up days.During the last month, the Kentucky Department of Education informed administrators the school system is only required to have 175 instructional days instead of 177 as previously understood by the school board’s interpretation of Kentucky Administrative Regulations, prompting a change in the calendar.Originally, the calendar listed May 29, 2009, as the students’ last day.Students’ first day of school is Aug. 13.

Police, firefighter memorials gain ‘hallowed ground’ distinctionOldham County Fiscal Court passed a resolution Tuesday to recognize firefighter and police officer memorials at courthouse square as Hallowed Ground.According to the resolution, the memorials – on the courthouse lawn on Main Street – would be “regarded with great respect or reverence.” The resolution also asks that fencing be erected around the memorials to help preserve them.Officials said without fencing the memorials, they fear the memorials could be unintentionally damaged during events at courthouse square when crowds fill the area.County renews TARC agreementIt is the beginning of the third year of an agreement between the Transit Authority of River City and the Oldham County Fiscal Court.The agreement, signed by Judge-Executive Duane Murner at Tuesday’s meeting, provides service to residents of Oldham County to downtown Louisville.According to the agreement, there are currently three Park and TARC lots in Oldham County, at I-71 exits 14, 18 and 22. It says that additional service will be added this month.The agreement also states that there are more than 52,000 annual boardings with the Oldham County service.TARC will continue the program next year.Fiscal court passes budget, amendmentsMembers of the Oldham County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday to approve the 2008-09 budget.The court also approved an amendment to the budget that included allocations for Mineral Severance Rights totalling $150,000. Magistrates decreased revenue from school resource officers by $71,000 and added a $20,000 expense for a police vehicle.Judge-Executive Duane Murner said an anonymous donor donated the money for the vehicle, but the county has not yet completed the transaction.Historical Preservation was moved from charitable contributions to its own account.Another amendment to the budget was a 2.5 percent salary increase for magistrates, salary and hourlyemployees.District 1 Magistrate Steve Church said this year’s budget is a “balanced budget.”SOFD suspends door-to-door collection for WHAS CrusadeThe South Oldham Fire Department will not visit residents this year to collect for the annual WHAS Crusade for Children Campaign, citing high fuel prices. Department spokesman Kevin Parker said SOFD personnel will collect donations at intersections in the Crestwood as they have done in the past. “Crusade for Children is a very important time for us and we place tremendous value in what the funds we collect do for our children,” SOFD Chief Edward Turner said. “After evaluating current fuel prices, we didn’t feel that spending taxpayer money this year on our door-to-door campaign was either responsible or reasonable.SOFD officials encourage residents to drop off donations at the fire station at 6310 Old LaGrange Road or at the intersection road block at the four-way stop in Crestwood.The campaign runs June 1-7.SOFD receives chemical detector through grantMembers of the South Oldham Fire Department recently announced they received a FirstDefender handheld chemical detection instrument as part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program.The FirstDefender enables rapid identification of unknown chemicals directly in the field – including explosives, narcotics, chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals – for faster response and remediation of chemical threats.“The quicker we can identify the product we are dealing with, the more rapidly we can take appropriate actions,” Chief Edward Turner said.

OCPD plans road checksThe Oldham County Police Department has joined an aggressive national “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement mobilization through Memorial Day to increase seat belt use and reduce highway fatalities.The campaign includes road checks 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at Ky. 22 and Hemlock Drive and 9 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday at the Interstate 71 17-milemarker exit ramp.