The price of lunch is going up in Cumberland County Schools next year, with student prices increasing by 5 cents and adult meals increasing by 25 cents.
Kathy Hamby, Cumberland County School Nutrition Program supervisor, explained the increases were mandated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act signed into law in December.
"For a long time, the students receiving free lunch has sort of carried the full-pay students," Hamby told the Cumberland County Board of Education during a recent work session.
Hamby explained that, using the highest student lunch price of $1.95 at the high school level, the federal government reimburses the school system 28 cents for a full-pay student lunch. A lunch served to a student receiving free lunch is reimbursed at $2.76.
School systems are required to increase prices by at least 5 cents every year until that gap is closed.
Adult prices have also not met levels required by the USDA.
Richard Janeway, 2nd District representative, moved to approve the price increases, supported by Sandy Brewer, 3rd District representative. The motion was unanimously approved.
In other business, the board approved approved the following:
•A line item amendment for the central cafeteria fund, decreasing expenditures by $28,878.26 for transportation, disposal fees, contracts for landfill, communication, equipment and machine parts and other supplies and materials and increasing expenditures for employee health insurance by $28,878.26.
•Approved the 2011-'12 National School Lunch Program/School Breakfast Program compliance package.
•Approved the local consolidated application for federal funding. Dan Schlafer, 9th District representative, noted the system was slated to receive $38,000 more in federal funding than last year.
•Approved the Career and Technical Education Carl D. Perkins year four action plan.
•Approved selling one surplus bus to the Cumberland County Youth Center for $1. The bus can no longer be used by the school system. Another bus will be bid out for sale.
•Approved Scholastic Insurors, Inc. as the provider of accident insurance for the 2011-'12 school year.
•Approved attendance at the National School Boards Association Southern Region Conference July 13-15 for any board member who wished to attend.