Cranberry board hears about food shortage issues in district

Cranberry School Board members heard Monday that food shortages are becoming more severe in the district.

“Last month’s report was just the tip of the iceberg,” said Kim Daugherty, the district’s food services director. “We are deciding on a daily basis what we need… I am shopping locally.”

Daugherty said that despite the shortages, “All the kids are getting fed, praise the Lord.”

She added that the district gets local dairy products from Snyder’s Dairy, which is the only provider that has continued providing without a shortage.

In other business Monday, high school principal Ritt Smith said the Cranberry boys and girls cross country teams both won KSAC championships and are undefeated so far this season. The teams will be competing in districts this week.

He also said the Cranberry robotics team competed Saturday and made it to the semifinals of the competition.

Smith stressed what an excellent opportunity the robotics program is for students as they have an opportunity to grow their skills in areas of robotics, marketing, presentation, and more.

District business manager Henry Karg presented an update on funding.

Karg said the school district received more funding from the state than originally anticipated. That eliminated the district’s shortfall and resulted in a surplus of $45,259.

“State funding is the biggest part of what the district needs and uses,” said Karg. “Local funding is another sizable revenue… Local is the only part we can control.”

Karg also showed the board the various COVID relief monies given to the district and how the money has been spent so far.

The final piece of the budget that was shared was the updated cost for charter education for the school year. But Karg reminded the board the number of students enrolled in charter schools is likely to continue to change throughout the year.

Superintendent Bill Vonada recognized Camae Bunyak and Lance Mitchell for both serving eight years on the board, and board president Thomas Neely was recognized for his 20 years of service.

Board members Lance Mitchell and Mark Marterella were absent Monday.

The board’s November meeting is scheduled Nov. 15.