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Winchester School Board considers increasing the price of school meals

17 June 2018 News


It has been proposed to the Winchester School Board that students throughout the Winchester Public School system pay an additional 10 cents for lunch and 5 cents for breakfast. The increase in price is designed to help the school system pay for what is not covered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). At this time the USDA values school lunches in the area at $3.25 but may not subsidies the full amount. With the school system left to cover the remainder of the bill, according to some, an increase in price may be the answer.

The proposed increase in the cost of meals would only affect those students who are paying full price for lunch and breakfast. Students who qualify for free or reduced meals would remain unaffected. Ed Smith the Director of Operations for Winchester Public Schools, indicated that the total increase in expense for the student at the end of the year was only $18.00.

If the increase is approved, the prices for the 2018 -2019 school year would look something like: Elementary lunch — $2.80, Secondary lunch — $3.05, Adult lunch — $3.70, Elementary breakfast — $1.40, Secondary breakfast — $1.45, and Adult breakfast — $1.95. With the higher prices, Winchester Public Schools could bring in an additional $11,000 in revenue, in turn offsetting the remainder of costs not subsidized by the USDA. 

The School Board is expected to vote on this measure on June 25th.


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