|Despite record enrollment at Fort Thomas Independent Schools, the school system city-wide has seen a decrease of 169 lunches served each day since instituting the federal school lunch guidelines.|
By opting out of the program, the Fort Thomas Independent Schools are declining $265,000 in federal funds. The estimated budget and revenues for the 2014-2015 school year is $1,340,000. The School Board weighed the decision to turn down the money against increasingly strict guidelines, which they believed would continue to see the number of lunches served to decrease over the upcoming year.
Further leading to that decision was the fact that Fort Thomas receives the lowest federally funded per student rate in Kentucky, the Board felt they had the least to lose and most to gain by opting out of the program and constructing one that they felt would fill cafeteria lines.
In a letter to parents, Superintendent Gene Kirchner said,