SHARYLAND—The Sharyland ISD Board of Trustees approved a 25-cent raise in meal prices for elementary campuses at a Tuesday special meeting.
Cynthia Long, director of Children Nutrition Division, said a second 25-cent raise would be seen the following year as well.
“Behind the USDA thinking, they want us to be in line with the reimbursement we get from a free meal, which is $2.98,” Long said. “So the government is giving me $2.98, but I’m collecting from a parent $2. They want more equity between the two, a weighted average, and so we have to increase 25 cents and increase it again so we can at least get at $2.68.”
For the 2014-2015 school year USDA is requiring school food authorities that charge less than $2.65 for paid lunches to adjust lunch prices or add non-federal funds to the non-profit school food service account. The raise would only affect full paid lunches for elementary students, whose average has fallen short.