MORGAN -- For the first time, the Morgan County School District will offer a breakfast program.
The program will be a trial run only at Morgan Elementary School this upcoming school year. The program would be open to the entire student body for $1.25 a meal.
"Hungry kids don't learn," Morgan Elementary School Principal Tim Wolff said. "I want my kids to learn."
Wolff said 25 percent of Morgan Elementary's student body qualifies for free or reduced-price lunch. Given those numbers, as many as 200 students could qualify for free or reduced-price breakfast as well. However, Wolff anticipates 60 students participating in the breakfast program.
District business administrator D'Lynn Poll said Morgan has the lowest free and reduced lunch qualification rate in the state.
The school opens at 8:35 a.m. each weekday, and classes begin at 8:45 a.m. Wolff said it would not take more staff to supervise the breakfast program in those 10 minutes before class starts. That way, even students who are bused to school would have time to participate, Wolff said.
Tom McFarland, principal of Mountain Green Elementary School, said he would watch the success of the program closely. If things go well, the district may allow the program at Mountain Green Elementary in the future. Morgan Middle School may be next in line for the program.
Despite administrator support for the program, Wolff said, the school's community council was somewhat against initiation of the program. The school board voted unanimously to start the breakfast program at Morgan Elementary on a one-year trial basis.