Batavia school lunch prices on the rise

BATAVIA – Student lunch prices in Batavia School District 101 will go up by 10 cents starting Jan. 1.

Prices for elementary school and middle school lunches will go up to $2.30 a meal, and prices for high school lunches will increase to $2.60 a meal.

Kris Monn, the district’s assistant superintendent for finance, said the increase is needed to comply with federal law.

“The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 changed both menu requirements for meals served under the National School Lunch Program, as well as pricing requirements for meals purchased by students,” Monn told school board members Tuesday night.

Districts that have meal prices lower than the amount of reimbursement being received per meal under the National School Lunch Program are required to increase their prices to an equitable level under the legislation, Monn said.

While the price increase required by the legislation is about 30 cents a meal, the district plans to phase in the increase over the next three years.

Staff had originally proposed that the increase go into effect Nov. 1, but not all school board members were comfortable with that proposal.

“I don’t feel right doing that, giving people two weeks notice,” board member Sue Locke said. “It just seems as though we are blindsiding people.”

School board member Jason Stoops agreed.

“After the winter break, it would be more palatable to people,” he said.

School board members voted for the increase to take effect Jan. 1.

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