The Alton School Board approved taking out a loan to pay for textbooks, and also approved a slight increase in the cost of meals sold in district cafeterias during its recent meeting.   The board last night unanimously approved a 5-cent increase in the cost of breakfasts and a 10-cent hike in the cost of lunches.  The changes take effect this fall.

The board also approved taking out a loan through Commerce Bank to the tune of $172,800 for text books.  The 60-month loan received a rate of 2.39 percent.  Also at last nights meeting, the board recognized several students and staff members for recent achievements, including science instructor Scott Schlapkohl being named the Air Force Association State Teacher of the Year.   The board also heard from the Alton Educational Foundation and it's donation of more than 56-hundred dollars for classroom projects this past school year, and a donation of $5,000 to the Alton Band and Orchestra Builders from the Old Alton High Grads Group.

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