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  • Lunch will cost an extra dime in Fort Osage schools

  • Like its neighbor to the west, the Fort Osage School District will be raising lunch prices for the coming year.



    The Fort Osage Board of Education approved the price increases Tuesday.

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  • Like its neighbor to the west, the Fort Osage School District will be raising lunch prices for the coming year.
    The Fort Osage Board of Education approved the price increases Tuesday.
    Lunch prices at all grade levels will increase 10 cents for the 2013-14 school year. This means that lunch at the elementary schools and Fire Prairie will be $2.05. Lunch at Osage Trail and Fort Osage High School will be $2.30. Breakfast prices will remain the same.
    The increase in meal prices is in large part due to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. In addition, food and fuel costs continue to increase, also affecting meal prices.
    The purpose of the act is to help decrease childhood hunger and improve nutrition standards. However, it has also placed additional requirements on school districts, to increase their “paid” lunches or regularly priced lunches over time until the price is equal to the federal reimbursement level for low-income students. Price adjustments are required annually to prevent school districts from pricing their regular meals so low that the federal government is supplementing the regular program.
    “This is the third of five increases the district needs to impose as a result of a federal regulation,” said Superintendent Mark Enderle. “We expect like increases for 2014-15 and 2015-16 as well.”
    Earlier this week Independence increased its meal prices by 5 cents. Blue Springs and Grain Valley have not yet discussed what, if any increase there will be to meal prices for the coming year.
     
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