School lunch prices may increase for next year

May 23, 2014

In response to increasing food costs, changes in federal guidelines, and the rising expenses associated with providing meal service, district leaders are considering raising lunch prices for next year by 10 cents. Price increases are being required for school districts across the country by the United States Department of Agriculture, which oversees the federal school lunch program. If approved, this would be the first time meals prices have been raised since the 2011-2012 school year.

The board considered the request at its May 22 meeting. The new lunch prices would be $2.40 at the elementary and $2.70 cents at the secondary schools. The new prices would put Stillwater at about the average of comparable school districts in our area. Breakfast prices would not change. The school board expects to vote on the proposed change at its June 12 meeting.

New legislation at the state level was recently announced that will provide funding for all kindergarten students in the district to receive free breakfast beginning next year. The state will also pick up the tab for school meals for all students who qualify for Free/Reduced Price meals.