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Batavia school lunch prices to go up 8 cents

Move needed to comply with federal law

Published: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 10:13 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014 7:57 a.m. CDT

By ERIC SCHELKOPF - eschelkopf@shawmedia.com

BATAVIA – Student lunch prices in Batavia School District 101 will go up by another 8 cents in the 2014-15 school year.

Prices for elementary school and middle school lunches will go up to $2.38 a meal, and prices for high school lunches will increase to $2.68 a meal. The School Board approved the increase Tuesday.

Kris Monn, the district’s assistant superintendent for finance, said the increase is needed to comply with the Healthy, Hunger – Free Kids Act of 2010. The Batavia School District participates in the National School Lunch Program.

Districts that have meal prices that are 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.

The increase is on top of a 10-cent increase the district implemented in January to comply with the act.

In addition, Monn said the district is working with its food vendor, Quest Food Management Services, to determine a la carte pricing for the 2014-15 school year.

“Due to the USDA interim final rule nutrition standards, starting July 1, all food and beverages sold to students on the school campus during the school day must follow the nutrition standards given,” Monn said, reading from a memo.

The a la carte items will need to meet the listed nutrition standards, Monn said. As a result of these stricter guidelines, it likely will result in a la carte pricing changes, he said.

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