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School lunch prices could be on the increase

The Berkeley County W.Va. school lunch program will need $2.4 million to break even this year, officials say

The Berkeley County W.Va. school lunch program will need $2.4 million to break even this year, officials say

July 18, 2002|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A rise in school breakfast and lunch prices for Berkeley County students could be in the works, school officials said Wednesday.

An increase in food costs and other rising expenses are forcing school officials to consider raising meal prices, said James R. Welton Jr., assistant superintendent of schools.

In the past fiscal year, school officials had to put $2 million into the food service program over what was budgeted to run it, Welton said.

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If the Berkeley County Board of Education does not increase meal prices, the school system will probably have to inject $2.4 million into the food service program this school year to keep it in the black, Welton said Wednesday night at a board of education meeting.

Welton said he has not come up with any firm recommendations for price increases, although he said there has been some thought about increasing lunch prices by 50 cents.

Some school officials, however, have expressed concerns that increasing prices by 50 cents may result in fewer children buying meals, Welton said. If the school system decides to increase lunch prices by 50 cents, some school officials have suggested it may be better to increase the prices by 25 cents one year and 25 cents the following year, he said.

Currently, an elementary breakfast costs 75 cents, and a secondary education breakfast costs $1. An elementary lunch costs $1, and a secondary lunch costs $1.25.

It actually costs the school system $2.15 to serve each breakfast and $2.87 to serve each lunch, Welton said.

It's been at least six years since meal prices were increased, said school officials, adding that students are getting a bargain.

"It's hard to beat this at McDonald's," Superintendent of Schools Manny Arvon said.

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