Wichita school lunch prices will rise if proposal adopted

04/19/2013 9:29 AM

04/19/2013 2:38 PM

School lunch prices for Wichita students would rise by 10 cents this fall and possibly another 10 cents before the 2014-15 school year, according to a proposal school board members will consider Monday.

If approved, the first increase would go into effect July 1.

Full-price elementary school lunches would cost $2.15; middle school, $2.30; and high school, $2.45. The adult lunch price would increase from $3.15 to $3.30.

Reduced-price lunches would remain at 40 cents for students who qualify. Breakfast prices would not increase.

According to a proposal on Monday’s school board agenda, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees the nationwide school lunch program, has recommended the increases to ensure the district is in compliance with the agency’s requirement for equity in school lunch pricing.

If the district declines to raise its meal prices, it risks losing reimbursement funding and would have to enter into a plan of correction, the proposal says.

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