RFSD ups the cost of school lunches | PostIndependent.com

RFSD ups the cost of school lunches

The Roaring Fork School District is raising prices for school lunches for the 2006-2007 school year, in order to keep up with increased food-delivery costs and competitive wages for the food service staff.Student lunches for the RFSD, in elementary, middle and high school levels, will see increases of 30, 25 and 50 cents, respectively. Elementary students will also see an increase of 25 cents in school breakfast prices. School board members approved the slight increase at its mid-august regular meeting. The new meal rates were approved by the Colorado Department of Education in August as well. However, the RFSD school lunch prices are still at a reasonable level for the valley.”The prices remain lower than or equal to meal prices in other area school districts,” said Shannon Pelland, RFSD assistant superintendent of business services.”The Western Slope has been hit especially hard with increases in food costs due to higher delivery prices from increased transportation costs,” Pelland said. The price increases will also help to “cover adequate wages for food service staff members,” Pelland said. “The school district is facing stiff competition for employees from businesses in the area.” Added competition – in part – comes from the new Meadows shopping center, which has multiple food establishments offering competitive wages and in need of staff members.

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