Lunch prices could increase in SWCS

By Andrea Cordle
Southwest Editor

The price of a student lunch could increase next school year.

Beth Glitt, food services supervisor for the South-Western City Schools District, presented her price proposal to the board of education at the Feb. 24 meeting.

According to Glitt, the last time the district had a lunch price increase at the elementary level was in 2006. For grades 5-12, the last price increase was in 2007.

The proposal recommends a 10-cent increase for all grade levels for the 2014/15 school year. It also calls for an additional 10-cent increase in the 2015/16 school year.

“Even with an increase, the district would be comparable to other districts in the county,” said Glitt.

Currently, South-Western City Schools and Columbus City Schools charge the lowest amount for an elementary lunch at $2.25. The cost for lunch at the intermediate and middle schools are $2.50 and a high school lunch is $2.75. In comparison, for an elementary school lunch, Hilliard charges $2.50, Canal Winchester charges $2.30 and Bexley charges $3.25 for a student lunch.

“The increase will help to maintain the rising cost of doing business and help in maintaining high-quality school meals,” said Glitt.

Glitt gave the proposal to Superintendent Dr. Bill Wise. If approved by the administration and board of education, the district should not need another lunch price increase before 2018, said Glitt.

The board of education should vote on the lunch price increase in the upcoming months.

According to Glitt, 71 percent of district students participate in school meals.

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