The Cherokee School Board, acting on a recommendation from Superintendent John Chalstrom, increased the price of lunch for students from $1.50 to $1.75. The cost for breakfast will go from 90 cents to $1.10.
The cost for adults will increase from $2.20 to $2.45 for lunch and from $1.60 to $1.80 for breakfast.
In making the recommendation, Chalstrom noted that the cost of food has been going up recently and that the price increase is needed to keep the program in the black. He added that other districts that have determined prices for the next school year have student lunch prices of at least $1.75.
The board approved bids for bread products from Sara Lee and dairy products from Well's Blue Bunny. Although the bid from Well's is slightly higher, Linda Frangenberg, food services director, recommended accepting that bid because of the student preference for Well's dairy products. It was also noted that there is a higher escalator factor built into the other company's bid that could result in a higher cost by the end of the year.
Although there had been talk earlier in the year about eliminating the summer free lunch program for students because of cost concerns, the district will operate the program for at least one more summer. Next fall, Frangenberg will make a recommendation to the board as to whether the summer lunch should be continued.
Frangenberg noted that the district is reimbursed from the federal government for meals served and the more participation the district has, the more cost effective the program is.
The lunch is free to participants who are 18 years old or younger. For adults, the cost is $3.25.
Lunch will be served at the Roosevelt building only from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Monday through Friday, from June 2 through July 31. Lunch will not be served on July 4.