The Paragould School Board approved a plan Monday to allow students to participate in a food eligibility program next school year.

The board approved the district’s participation in the Community Eligibility Provision for the 2022-23 school year.

The program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, allows school districts to feed students at no cost to parents regardless of whether students qualify for free or reduced lunches.

School officials said they will not be sending out lunch applications to parents this fall.

The board also received a report on renovations to the district’s existing PE facility. Officials said the report included what kind of renovations might be included should the district decide on the option.

The district will be setting up a committee to discuss the issue further.

Board members approved the expulsion of two students – a ninth-grader and a 10th-grader – for the remainder of the 2021-22 school semester for prohibited conduct including possession of illegal drugs.

The board approved two out-of-state trip requests for students. The first request was for the Junior High Quiz Bowl team to attend a national competition in New Orleans May 28-30, while a request for the Paragould Dance Team to attend a competition in Branson, MO July 18-22 was approved.

The board was also presented the Special Education application for the 2022-23 school year. The application included a preliminary budget that will have to be modified once funding is made available to the district.

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