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School lunch costs going up

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Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 1:32pm

A new federal mandate says starting next school year, many parents are going to have to start sending more lunch money with their kids.

How much a school district is reimbursed for lunches depends on how many free and reduced lunches are served there. If less than 60 percent of the students in a district get free or reduced lunches the district would be reimbursed $2.72 per meal.  If the school has more than 60 percent reduced or free lunches, the district gets $2.89 per meal back from the government.

Under a new amendment by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, schools must now gradually increase their prices over time until the price of paid lunches and free lunches match. The districts must raise each lunch by a minimum of a nickel next year.

In Tyler ISD, 67 percent of the kids receive free or reduced lunches, and in Longview, that number is almost 83 percent.

Tyler ISD is doing the minimum of a $.05 meal hike for secondary schools next year, while Gladewater ISD is raising each meal price by $.025.

Other schools like Lindale ISD and Longview ISD are still deciding.

 

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