School lunch prices will likely again be rising by 10 cents a meal at Estherville Lincoln Central for the 2013-14 school year.
The ELC School Board will consider the increase at its regular meeting on Monday, but have little choice but to improve the increase.
Beginning July 1, 2011, new federal regulations went into effect mandating that every school, which was not already doing so, begin to increase their lunch prices for full pay students to the amount the district is being reimbursed per lunch by the federal government (currently $3.16) to meet this compliancy issue, the school will continue to increase lunch prices by 10 cents-from $1.70 to $.180 for students in grades K-6 and from $1.95 to $.05 for students in grades 7-12. The adult lunch prices will increase 20 cents to $3.20.
In a memo to the board, food service directory Traci Moore stated that according to USDA regulations, the school must charge the same price for a regular price student as the school is reimbursed for a free lunch by 2021.
A state consultant recommends that schools increase prices annually to meet the requirements by 2021.