GOWANDA - Gowanda students, faculty and staff will be paying more for school lunches starting in September. Cafeteria Manager Jason Whipple announced the price increases at a recent board meeting.
Whipple said with the new governmental requirements for school lunches, increases have been seen in food and labor costs.
"We are experiencing deficits in our operating costs," Whipple said.
Currently, the district has between an $80,000 to $85,000 deficit in the school lunch program. To cover that deficit, the district completed a budget transfer to the cafeteria fund from the general fund. To further help the cafeteria fund, lunch prices are going to increase. For next school year, the prices for middle and high schools the price will increase $0.30. In the elementary school, prices will increase $0.25. For breakfast, elementary students will be paying $1.40, middle and high school students will be paying $1.55 and adult will be $3.20 plus tax. For lunch, elementary students will be paying $1.85, middle and high school students will be paying $2.05 and adults will be paying $4.30 plus tax.
The district approved Emma Walsh for a probationary position in science to comment Sept. 1. Alicia Valentine was approved as substitute teacher and Whitney Nephew was approved for part-time as school counselor and part-time Title VII Program Director. The district also approved summer school faculty.
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