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District encouraging parents to apply for free/reduced meal program

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Ojai Valley News photo by Andra Belknap
Matilija Junior High School students compare schedules before the first bell rings Aug. 23.
Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
School administrators are asking Ojai Unified School District (OUSD) parents to pay special attention to one form in particular in students' back-to-school packets: a one-page sheet that determines eligibility for the federal free-and-reduced-price-meals program.
OUSD will receive an additional $1,400 in state and federal funding for each student who qualifies for the program.
OUSD's “Feed Our Kids, Fund Our Schools” campaign was borne out of Superintendent Andy Cantwell's belief that more families in the school district are eligible for the program than participate.
During the 2016-2017 school year, 44 percent of OUSD students participated in the free-and-reduced-price-meals program, though the number varied widely across school campuses. 
Last school year, 83 percent of Summit Elementary School students and 69 percent of Meiners Oaks Elementary School students enrolled in the program, compared to 26 percent of students at San Antonio Elementary School.
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Ojai Valley News photo by Andra Belknap
Matilija Junior High School students returned to school by bus Aug. 23.

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