For the first time in more than 25 years, Reynoldsburg students will pay more for school lunches when classes resume this fall.

For the first time in more than 25 years, Reynoldsburg students will pay more for school lunches when classes resume this fall.

The Reynoldsburg Board of Education voted at its July 17 meeting to approve the increase.

Superintendent Steve Dackin said the increases were necessary to comply with federal requirements for meal reimbursements.

"I was trying to go for a record of 30 years without raising lunch prices," he said. "Federal requirements say the district has to charge students the same amount we are being reimbursed for and that amount is going up. So our federal reimbursement would be at stake."

Lunch prices will rise from $1.65 to $1.85 for elementary and middle school lunches and from $2.25 to $2.45 for junior high and high school lunches.

"It has been more than 25 years since we have increased prices and we do not relish doing it now," said Tricia Moore, the district's director of partnerships and shared services. "That said, our food service department has always run in the black, without subsidy from the general fund. We intend to keep it that way and cannot afford to give up our federal subsidy."

In other business July 17, the board hired Chris Hardy to be the new principal at French Run Elementary School.

Hardy taught last year at Summit Elementary and has taught at Slate Ridge and Taylor Road.

"I am really excited and looking forward to moving French Run into the future," he said. "I want to make sure our students get 21st-century learning and hope to create a strong school family with the staff, students and community."

Hardy and his wife, Jeannette, have two children, Maddie, 5, and Emelia, 15 months.

Board members also approved a few small changes to the Raiderwear dress code for all high school and middle school students, except for Waggoner Road Middle School, where students will be required to follow the code starting in 2013.

Dackin said the new policy "tweaks the dress code."

"It tweaks and reorganizes the policy, making it easier for principals and teachers to enforce," he said.

According to the policy, tops may be any color or pattern and do not have to be tucked into pants or skirts, a change from last year. However, shirts must have sleeves and can be polos, button-down, mock-necks or turtlenecks. Polos and button-down shirts must have a turned-down style collar and no words/graphic designs or logos except on the upper left chest.

No more than the top two buttons may be unbuttoned on a shirt or blouse and no more than two inches of the collarbone exposed.

Students may wear shorts, capris, skorts or pants of any solid color, without decals or prints, but these may not be made of blue jean, translucent, leather, pleather, stretch knit, sweat, velour or wind pants material. They must be worn at the waist and cannot sag or have holes or tears.

Shorts, skirts or skorts cannot be shorter than two inches above the knee, cannot drag on the floor and no slits may be higher than two inches above the knee.

Students must also have their school-issued identification card on their person at all times when they are on school property or at school-sponsored events, according to the policy.

It is up to the individual building principals whether identification cards must be worn exposed on lanyard or clip.

The dress code prohibits leggings, sweats and yoga pants; hoodies, exposed undergarments, except T-shirts; head gear; tattered or torn clothing, sunglasses, heavy metal chains and slippers or house shoes.

More about the dress code is available on the district website at