The recommendation to raise Lakeland School Corporation’s meal prices 5¢ across the board left the school board shaking its head Monday evening.
The increase is being dictated by federal regulations, which are eventually raising lunch prices to over $2 per meal. The school is required to raise its price to meet that set price in a few years or risk losing federal funding for free and reduced lunches.
The board questioned how it could make sense to be forced to raise the prices of meals so that they can receive funding to help students who have difficulty affording meals.
The increase will raise the elementary lunches up to $1.80 and the middle school and high school lunches to $1.90.
In other business:
The board heard that the district will be doing the summer feeding program for the fifth year. Food Service Director Tammy Fennell told the board that they have seen a decrease in interest as the county’s unemployment is now half of what it was when the program started. “We’ve moved away from seeing families that are on free and reduced lunches to families who pay for their lunches,” she noted, referring to school meals.
The summer feeding program is free to anyone under age 18. The LaGrange site is being moved to Parkside Elementary School. Other sites will be in Howe, Ontario and Wolcottville.
The board heard a report on potential bond sales models by Jim Elizondo of City Securities.
The board approved a recommendation for the 2013 Driver’s Education Program at Lakeland High School. The cost of the program will remain the same at $275. The first session starts April 10 with a second set for June 10.
The board accepted the resignation of Lakeland Middle School Assistant Principal Steve Wilson, effective at the end of the school year.