Mary Alice Reporting –

The Claymont City School District was notified that that are not eligible for the CEP program.

This enabled the district to provide free meals for all students.

The school district had not been reaching the qualifications recently, according to Superintendent Brian Rentsch.

“There is a threshold percentage that the state does set and our district, over the last several years, has been not meeting that threshold. This past year, about March/April, we were kind of thinking [while] running the numbers, we weren’t going to make it. Finally, they come out towards summertime and we did have to pass the resolution to set lunch prices and breakfast prices.”

The State of Ohio allows for a 30-day grace period to implement the change and give parents the time to submit a free or reduced lunch application, if applicable.

The district posted that, as of October 1st, students will be charged for breakfast and lunch for the 2023-24 school year. There will be a $10.00 limit on an amount that can be charged. It the amount goes above, food will still be provided to the child but it will not be a full hot tray.

The free application is available on and payments can be conducted at or by cash or check to Claymont City Schools.

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