Hosaflook recognized by Belpre Board of Education

BELPRE – The Belpre City Schools District Board of Education on Monday recognized a former teacher and wrestling coach.

Roger Hosaflook, who retired from the district in 2006, was given a plaque that listed his wrestling accomplishments by Superintendent Tony Dunn.

Hosaflook was inducted into the Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame as well as the Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame this year.

“The state of Ohio is rich in wrestling,” said current BHS wrestling coach Scott Adams. “Of all of the great coaches we have had in Belpre, I don’t know of any others in the state hall of fame.”

Adams told the audience Hosaflook was the first wrestling coach in Ohio to reach 400 career victories.

“He was also the number one wrestling coach in the state for more than 10 years,” Adams said.

Dunn thanked Hosaflook for his contribution to the district.

In other business:

* The board learned school lunches will cost a little more during the 2013-2014 school year, in compliance with federal guidelines.

Jennifer Currey, district food service director, said the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration will continue to reimburse qualifying meals as long as the district raises meal prices by 8 cents next year.

“The basis is so that the reimbursement to the district continues for qualifying free meals,” Currey said.

To continue to receive this reimbursement as part of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, the district must raise the price.

“To make it easier on parents, I recommend we raise the price for elementary lunches to $2.40 and $2.50 for the high school,” Currey said.

The elementary lunch price is $2.35 and $2.40 at the high school.

“This is not an indication that our food service is not doing well,” Dunn said. “We have a great meal program with breakfast and lunch every day and in many districts the food service is the black hole of funding and that is not the case here.”

Currey said the breakfasts are free of charge to any student who wants them.

“Our students are important to us and we hope by feeding them breakfast they get better reading and math scores,” she said.

The new prices will go into effect with the next school year in August.

* Students from the fifth and sixth grades at Belpre Elementary School presented their own work for National Poetry Month.

Fifth-grade students Chloe Rader and Lydia White and sixth-grade students Ryleigh Barrett, Dakota King and Elizabeth Cockerham read their poems.