The following were among actions taken at the Sept. 8 meeting of the Montgomery County Board of Education. For more information, call 279-3617.
SCHOOL LUNCH PRICES -- The board approved the first increase in student breakfast and lunch prices since 1981. The new prices will go into effect Oct. 1.
Breakfast for all students will cost 55 cents, up from 50 cents. Elementary school lunch will cost 85 cents, a 5-cent increase, and secondary school lunch will cost 95 cents, a 10-cent increase. A la carte milk prices will remain at 25 cents.
Lunch prices still will remain below the prices charged at schools in surrounding jurisdictions.
PHOENIX II -- The board approved plans for the construction of a new building in Gaithersburg to house a new Phoenix II School.
The county's Phoenix program provides counseling during school hours, along with regular high school classes, for students with drug and other substance abuse problems.
The county operates the program out of two locations -- Phoenix I in the Area I office in Silver Spring and Phoenix II in a rented house near the Montgomery County Airpark. The rented house is to be replaced about 400 yards away by a larger, $150,000 facility.
The Phoenix I program was founded eight years ago, while Phoenix II is five years old. Approximately 50 students attend the two schools.
COMPUTER INSTRUCTION -- The board discussed the county's five-year plan for computer-related instruction, which includes placing 20 computers in each kindergarten through sixth grade school, as well as additional computers in computer, writing and math labs in junior highs, intermediate and middle schools. The plan also calls for installation of computer labs for writing and math in senior high schools. The school system also plans to install computers for guidance information and general use in elementary and secondary schools.