(MITCHELL) - Mitchell community schools have raised their lunch prices by a dime.
Alda McIntosh, food service director for the Mitchell schools, says the state is trying to balance the amount of money a student pays for a meal with the amount the state pays to provide a free lunch for low-income students. That will require Mitchell to gradually raise its prices.
Beginning next year lunches will be $1.60 per meal for Burris and Hatfield elementary students and $1.70 per meal for Mitchell Junior-Senior High School students.
In addition, adult lunch prices will be $2.75 per meal, up from $2.50. Breakfast prices will remain the same for now.
McIntosh says the state's target figure is $2.46 for lunches Mitchell and that the school system will gradually have to increase prices until they reach that mark.
The North Lawrence school board addressed the same issue in March and approved a 10-cent increase in lunch prices. For next year their price will be $2.20. The state target price for North Lawrence is $2.51.
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