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All Preston students to receive EBT cards

Details not known, but soon will be announced by Wotring

KINGWOOD — Every student in Preston County will get an EBT card this summer to help cover the cost of meals.

“This is all fairly new,” Preston Superintendent Steve Wotring said, after he explained the plan to the board of education at its meeting Monday evening.

 He didn’t have a lot of details but believes the cards will be mailed out to parents toward the end of  June at the address schools have on file. If families have more than one student, all the credits will be on one card.

More information will be forthcoming on how much students will receive per meal. The superintendent said it will cover the time from March, April and May, when students were away from school.

“So we will have a summer food program, but it won’t be the same as in the past,” he said.

Preston County has been delivering more than 20,000 meals per week to spots around the county, where families pick up a week’s worth of breakfasts and lunches for students. Because of the county’s economic status, all meals are free to students, and the USDA reimburses the county for the expense.

There will not be an Energy Express program at Kingwood Elementary this summer, Wotring announced earlier. That was one location where students were able to get meals in the past.

 New sports

 In other discussions Monday, the board approved a request from Preston High athletic directors to move the three-week voluntary practice sessions from June 8-26 to July 6-24.

The board also agreed to add middle school junior varsity boys and girls basketball programs at Central Preston, West Preston and Bruceton, which each have more than 150 students per grade.

 Teams will play a schedule not to exceed 10 games and may have limited practice time. Coaches’ salaries will be $325, which is half the varsity salary.

 In addition, the board agreed to ask the State Secondary School Activities Commission to approve a consolidated middle school cheerleading program for this fall.

Currently, only West, South and Central have cheerleading squads. The other three middle schools could not attract a full squad. This program also is proposed to begin in the fall.

The consolidated cheer squad coach would be paid $500, in line with other cheerleading coaches. The money will come from unfulfilled cheer coaching salaries in 2019-20. Participating schools will be asked to contribute funds for uniforms and equipment on a pro-rated basis.