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KPBSD could increase school lunch prices


The cost for that lunch at school could be inching a bit higher next year, if the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has its way.

During a work session held Monday, Assistant Superintendent David Jones said KPBSD board members will be presented with a recommendation later this month that would increase the cost of school meals in an effort to decrease the rising cost of providing nutritional services. Additionally, he said the district would seek to enroll in federal programs to help decrease the financial costs.

“Our costs have been going up, so we’re going to increase it some to keep some type of profit margin,” Jones on Monday while attending a meeting in Seward.

As part of the proposed increase, Jones said elementary lunch prices would climb 15 cents for the 2017-18 school year, going from $2.85 each to $3, Secondary lunch prices would increase from $3.35 to $3.50, while adult lunches would jump from $4.25 to $4.50.

The cost for students and adults could be even higher, however. In addition to the lunch increase, the cost for milk - chocolate and white - could be increasing, too. According to the KPBSD records, the district currently pays 37 cents for white milk and 38 cents for chocolate. That cost could increase anywhere from 15-75 cents next year, Jones noted.

Even with the increased prices, Jones said the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District would still be among the most affordable programs in the state.

“What this does, then, looking at next year, it doesn’t put us at the lead of the pack (cost-swise). It puts us in the bottom or middle,” Jones said.

“We’re just trying to cover our costs. I don’t want anyone to think we’re trying to make a profit,” said Board of Education member Lynn Hohl.


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