Slight increase for elementary school lunches
The Clay County Board of Education has approved a slight price hike in the cost of daily school lunches for elementary students beginning with the 2016-17 school year in August.
Lunches will go from the current cost of $2.25 to $2.40. The prices likely will rise again by 10 cents during a subsequent year. The goal eventually is to put them on par with the $2.50 harged to middle and high school students.
Jenny Bethel, Director of Child Nutrition for Clay County Schools, told board members Monday evening that school lunch prices have not been raised since the 2013-14 school year.
She recommended an increase just at the elementary school, because, she said, she did not want to scare middle and high school students for fear they would reduce their participation in the school lunch program. Once students arrive at middle and high school level they may be less inclined to accept the school lunches, Bethel said.
The monthly number of paid school lunches at $2.25 for 2,223 elementary students, $2.50 for 1,353 middle school students and $2.50 for 963 high school students generated revenues of $10,791.75. If the elementary students pay an additional 15 cents, expected revenues climb to $11,125.20, she said.