Prices seem to go up everywhere... school lunch lines included.
The Finance Committee of the Warren County School District board forwarded a proposal from administration to the whole board for action that would increase the price of elementary and middle-level school lunches from $2.00 to $2.15 and secondary lunches from $2.15 to $2.25 for the 2014-2015 school year.
WCSD Business Manager Jim Grosch said that the issue was raised at the last board meeting.
"This is really to comply with the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) Paid Lunch Equity Act," he said. He said the district will be seeking to eventually move the rate to a suggested $2.53.
Grosch said that prices have not been increased since 2011 and that "this is a smaller increase. (Smaller increases) seem like the way we should go as opposed to large jumps."
But it gets complicated with some buildings housing K-8 while others are 6-12, with K-12 facilities entered into the equation next year.
"The way we are set up in our district," Board member Tom Knapp asked, "how do you keep track who gets what type of a lunch."
"That is a great point you are making," said Grosch. "Right now it is a significant challenge for us. We're still evolving on this."
A representative from Nutrition, Inc., the district's food service provider, pointed out that middle and high school students receive different portion sizes so secondary lunches should be more expensive. Elementary and middle-level lunches are often the same size, with portions at the middle-level sometimes greater than the elementary based on variables like calories.
In other food service news, Nutrition, Inc. was also recommended by the board, with committee blessing, for a one-year agreement renewal.