School board could raise AHS lunch prices

Published 6:45 pm Saturday, April 21, 2012

Lunch prices, building bids and more will come up at the Austin Public School board meeting Monday.

Board members are set to raise elementary, middle and high school lunch prices by 10 cents in compliance with new federal regulations. Under the National School Lunch Program guidelines, districts that charge less than $2.51 per lunch are required to raise prices at least 4.18 percent, which in Austin’s case comes to about 8.8 cents per lunch.

The new prices would mean elementary lunches are priced at $2 per student, whereas Ellis Middle School and Austin High School lunches are $2.20 per student. Breakfast prices will remain the same.

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This is the second year Austin has raised lunch prices. Elementary lunch was at $1.80 in 2010 and $1.90 in 2011, while middle and high school lunches were at $2 in 2010 and $2.10 in 2011. The district raised breakfast prices by 5 cents last year.

Board members are expected to approve construction bids on tennis courts to the west of Neveln Elementary School and site work bids on the new intermediate school. The old Fellowship United Methodist Building was demolished a week and a half ago.