Boardman students to pay more for meals


By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK

news@vindy.com

BOARDMAN

Boardman Local School District students will pay more for a school lunch in the fall.

The board of education, at a meeting Monday, approved raising the price of a school lunch by 25 cents.

Currently, the price of a lunch is $1.75 for elementary students, $2 for middle-school students and $2.25 for those in high school.

The raise is a result of the federal government’s Equity in School Lunch Price Act.

“It’s to keep fairness within the school-lunch program,” said Karen Sanders, food-service supervisor.

The act requires lunch prices to be set so students do not pay less than what the government pays to subsidize the free- and reduced-price lunch programs.

What students in Boardman pay is 15 cents less than what the government provides, Sanders said. The law allows the district to charge up to 10 cents more than what the government pays.

A quarter “is our normal raise when we raise lunch prices, anyway,” Sanders said.

Increasing by 25 cents for next year means the district won’t face the possibility of raising prices again the following year, she said.

The district last raised school lunch prices in September 2007.

The board also approved the purchase of six school buses at the meeting.

The purchase will include five Blue Bird 78-passenger buses and one Blue Bird 60-passenger bus equipped with an electric wheelchair lift.

The buses will be purchased from Cardinal Bus Sales and Service Inc. in Lima, at a cost of approximately $520,000.

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