Archive for Thursday, February 20, 2003

School meal prices increasing

February 20, 2003

Parents, be prepared to pack those sack lunches if you mind a 10 cent increase in school meal prices.

De Soto USD 232 Board of Education members agreed Tuesday to a proposed hike in food prices because the typical 5 cent school increase was not keeping up with elevating expenses.

Julie McGrath, director of food services, said the change would take place next school year. The increase would generate nearly $2,500 per month for the nine-month school year.

McGrath said the inflated prices were still cheaper than that of neighboring districts.

For students in De Soto, breakfast would jump from 85 cents to $1 while every other meal would increase only 10 cents. Elementary lunches would move from $1.50 to $1.60, secondary lunches would increase to $1.70 from $1.60 and adult lunches would hop up to $2.60.

"You still couldn't get lunch at McDonalds for that price," joked Board member Sandy Thierer, who agreed with Board President Bill Wayes motion to increase adult prices as well as students.

Milk, will remain at 35 cents, or $35 for an entire year.

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