By JENNIFER WADE
Students in Pulaski County will see an increase in costs for both breakfast and lunch this coming fall. Breakfast will increase from $1 to $1.05 for all schools and the price for lunch will change from $1.55 to $1.60 for grades K-5 and $1.70 to $1.75 for children in grades 6-12. According to School Nutrition Supervisor Ethelene Sadler Pulaski County has the lowest price for school meals for the surrounding counties and will remain so even with the price increase. With an average of 3,148 students served lunches each day, this would be an increase of $10,569 in revenue for the school budget.
Sadler also proposed a pilot program for Pulaski County to eliminate the reduced price for breakfast for Pulaski County Students. Currently there is an average of 1,404 students receiving breakfast at school with 35 percent of them paying the reduced price. Sadler suggests that the majority of these students are barely above the limitations for receiving free lunches and that eliminating the reduced price for breakfast and offering these students a free breakfast instead would increase breakfast participation.
The school system would be at a loss of $5,190.50 by taking the students receiving reduced breakfasts and giving them free breakfasts instead, however, for each breakfast served, the federal government reimburses the school $1.59. Sadler proposed that by offering a free breakfast instead of a reduced price, more children would take advantage of breakfast at school and the difference would be made up with the increased participation.
After much debate and many questions, the proposal passed with a unanimous vote. The changes are set to begin with the 2014-15 school year.