School Lunch Prices to Rise
Moore County Schools will raise the price of school lunches starting with the next school year to comply with federal regulations, officials said Monday evening.
Chief Finance Officer Mike Griffin explained the change before the school board members during their regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Monday.
"Federal regulations require an increase in our current lunch prices," Griffin said. "The new regulations state that our average lunch pricing should be at least $2.46, as this amount more closely aligns to the USDA reimbursement rate for free lunches. By charging a lower price, we are essentially subsidizing paid students with our free reimbursements."
The price changes will be implemented over a six-year period in two-year increments, beginning in the 2013-2014 school year.
"Current prices are $1 for breakfast in all school, and lunch at $1.75 in elementary and middle schools and at $2 for high school students," Griffin said. "For 2013-2014 breakfast prices will remain the same while lunch prices will rise to $2 for elementary and middle school students and $2.25 for high school."
Students will see another increase during the 2015-2016 school year, called "phase 2," with lunch prices rising to $2.25 for middle school students and to $2.50 for high school students. Elementary school student lunches will remain at $2.
Phase 3 prices, to be implemented in the 2017-2018 school year, are as of yet undetermined.
Read more about the school board meeting in Wednesday's edition of the Pilot.
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