WENATCHEE — Wenatchee students and teachers will pay an extra quarter for lunches next school year.
The Wenatchee School Board approved the increase June 11.
The new lunch prices are $3 for elementary school students, $3.25 for middle and high school students and $3.75 for adults.
School districts in the National School Lunch Program are required to collect enough from paid lunches to cover some of the costs of the free or reduced-price meals, based on a formula.
Chris Lutgen, the district’s nutrition services director, recommended the increase after doing the calculations. The last time lunch prices went up was in 2015, Lutgen said, which also was an extra two bits. He expects the current price to meet the federal requirements for at least two years.
The impact to students will be relatively low, he said. Seven of the district’s schools qualify for a program that allows all students to eat free of charge.
Even with the increase, the prices are on the low side of what other districts in the National School Lunch Program charge, he said.
The district provided 710,000 lunches during the 2018-19 school year. Of those, 72,000 were paid meals.
Council won’t fill vacancy yet
Elmer Larsen’s spot on the City Council will remain vacant until after the upcoming election.
Larsen, 77, resigned after the May 28 council meeting, citing health reasons. Councilwoman Mia Bretz and Friends of Leavenworth board member Zeke Reister are running for his position.
The council discussed options for temporarily filling the vacancy at its Tuesday study session. Mayor Cheri Farivar said councilmembers decided against appointing a replacement now, as the election isn’t far off and they didn’t want to influence the results.
The primary is Aug. 6, and the general election is Nov. 5.
— Bridget Mire, World staff