The Batavia School Board on Tuesday agreed reluctantly to raise school lunch prices by a dime. Presently, School District 101 charges $2.50 for lunches at the high school and $2.20 for lunches at Rotolo Middle School and the elementary schools. Lunch at elementary school consists of an entree, vegetable, fruit, whole grain bread and milk.
According to an article in the Daily Herald, School Board members did not want to raise the prices but didn't have much choice. The federal government reimburses schools $2.80 for children who can't afford to buy lunch, so the School District is required to charge that much for students who can afford to pay.
The federal regulations can be phased in over several years, so the district has some time to catch up to that $2.80 price tag.
The 10-cent hike was going to take effect Nov. 1, but board members moved it back to the start of the year.
Assistant Superintendent for Finance Kris Monn told the Daily Herald that the additional lunch revenue would be used to pay lunchroom aides.