The Richmond County Board of Education raised the prices of school meals and approved the appointment of four principals in its monthly meeting Tuesday.
Elementary school pupils will see a 15 cent price increase for lunch from last school year; middle and high schools will se a 10 cent increase.
Gene Spires, the controller of the Richmond County School System, said the price increase was necessary to keep the School Nutrition Program solvent as it fights rising costs for state insurance for classified employees and U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines for the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which, in implementing a new meal plan, will increase food and labor costs.
“They’ve done about all they can do with the management to keep the prices down,” Spires said. “With these other increases, we’re to the point where the only way to manage it is to actually collect some more dollars.”
Prices saw a similar rise last year. Although both per-meal increases have been slight, students will now pay 50 cents more per meal than they did in 2009. This year’s increases, Spires said, will raise $86,354.
The four principals approved by the board were: Malinda Cobb, Academy of Richmond County; Bernard Chatman, Glenn Hills Elementary; Timothy Jones, Hephzibah Elementary; and Charles Givens, Southside Elementary.