POTTSTOWN PA – Prices for breakfast and lunch meals sold to students at the Pottsgrove School District‘s five cafeterias will increase by either a nickel or a dime during the 2013-2014 academic year, the Board of School Directors agreed Tuesday (April 9, 2013). The hikes are driven primarily by rising business costs, the district’s food services vendor said.
Directors voted to raise the price of breakfast meals by 10 cents to $1.50. In addition, students who buy lunch will pay $2.55 daily in Lower Pottsgrove, West Pottsgrove and Ringing Rocks elementaries, up 5 cents; $2.90 in the middle school, up 10 cents; and in the high school $3 for the basic lunch, up 5 cents, and $3.30 for the “premium lunch,” up 10 cents.
By comparison from 2011-2012, all lunch and breakfast prices during the 2012-2013 year rose 10 cents in the elementaries, and 15 cents in the middle and high schools.
Skip Daino, district manager of Chartwells School Dining Services, which operates the meal program for the district, attributed the coming year’s increases to “just the cost of business going up.” In contrast, the much higher increases incurred by families during the current year were the result of federal changes requiring healthier and more fresh food on students’ plates.
Board members also agreed to renew Chartwells’ management contract for another year.
Related (to the Pottsgrove School District 2013-’14 budget):
Related (to the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors’ April 9 meeting):
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