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School lunch price likely to go up 10 cents this fall in Fayette County

The price of Fayette County Public Schools lunches could increase 10 cents for 2017-18.
The price of Fayette County Public Schools lunches could increase 10 cents for 2017-18. File photo.

Lunch prices in the 2017-18 school year would increase by 10 cents a meal for Fayette County Public School students under a proposal the school board will vote on later this month.

At Monday’s school board planning meeting, of child nutrition director Michelle Coker said the proposed increase is from $2.50 to $2.60 for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Lunch prices would increase for students in sixth to 12th gradeswould increase from $2.75 to $2.85.

Breakfast would stay the same price: $1.35 for all grades. Adult meals also would stay the same: $2 for breakfast and $4 for lunch.

The approval of the proposed meal increase will allow the district Child Nutrition Program to be in compliance with federal regulations, which require the program to be adequately funded, board documents said.

The school board will vote on the proposal at its May 22 meeting. The board voted to increase the price of lunch for the 2016-17 school year as well.

In at least 37 out of 61 Fayette County schools that have school meals, all students eat free regardless of income through a federal program. That happens when 40 percent of students in a school are eligible for free meals.

Coker told school board members that she would like to see the number of schools in which all students eat free continue to increase.

Valarie Honeycutt Spears: 859-231-3409, @vhspears

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