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C-T: MCS to raise lunch prices

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

The Marion Community Schools Board of Trustees approved increases in paid lunch and breakfast prices for the 2013-14 school year.

Lunches for students in kindergarten through fourth grade will cost $1.40, a 10 cent increase from the current price. Students in fifth through 12th grade will pay $1.70 for lunch next school year, also a 10 cent increase. Paid lunches for adults will cost $2.35.

The reduced lunch price for all students will remain at 40 cents for the 2013-14 school year.

Paid breakfast prices for students will also increase by 10 cents for the next school year.

Students in kindergarten through 12th grade will pay 80 cents per breakfast. Reduced breakfast prices will remain at 30 cents, and paid adult breakfasts will remain at $1.25.

The online transaction fee, allowing student lunches to be paid online, will remain at $2.40 per transaction. Business Manager Jim McWhirt said in a written recommendation to the school board that the transaction fee is strictly to recoup the district’s cost.

McWhirt also said in the recommendation that increases in meal prices are not taken lightly. He said he understands that economic conditions create fiscal difficulties for parents of MCS students, but it is “imperative” that the district’s food services program is operated in a responsible manner — considering both financial and nutritional perspectives.

— More from MCS on this story: To read the minutes of this School Board meeting, click here. —