CC-E raises lunch prices to meet free-and-reduced minimum

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

At their Monday night board meeting, the Clay Central-Everly school board revisited the prices on student and adult breakfasts and lunches.

"We needed an infusion into our nutrition fund, and I met with Marlene Jepsen, who encouraged increasing the minimum amount to charge adults," Dennis McClain, superintendent of Clay Central-Everly, said. "We approved it in March, but we're raising it again."

Jepsen is a representative of the Bureau of Nutrition and Health services for the Iowa Department of Education.

The adult lunch price will increase from $3.20 to $3.30. The minimum amount the district could charge is $3.26.

In addition, the district approved an increase of student lunches from $2.60 to $2.75.

"One of the other issues we were dealing with was that five years ago they passed legislation that said we need to charge, at minimum, at the rate they reimburse for free-and-reduced meals," McClain said. "The problem is this is a moving target. It's going to go up every year, and if we're not keeping pace, we're going to have a big jump at the end.

The reimbursement amount is currently $2.96.

The board also approved an increase in the price of breakfast from $1.05 to $1.50.

"We did a survey of the price of breakfast for area schools and found the average to be $1.32 with some as high as $1.85," McClain said. "We looked at the costs for a typical breakfast and pro-rated it for one hour of labor and got $1.50."

Adult breakfast will increase from $1.20 to $1.70.

Additional breakfast purchases will increase from $0.85 to $1 for students and $1 to $1.25 for adults.

Visitor's lunches will increase from $2.60 to $2.75 for students and from $3.10 to $3.30 for adults.

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