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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

School lunches will cost more next year. The Bemidji School Board unanimously approved the increase at a meeting this week.

The amount of increase for food would be $.15 at the elementary schools and Bemidji Middle School and $.10 at the high school. Breakfast prices will remain unchanged. Anticipated income from the increased meal costs would be approximately $29,495 for the 2010-11 school year.

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Marlene Webb, Bemidji School District's food services coordinator, submitted a request to the board, stating that after reviewing the budget for the 2010-11 school year, she determined the prices of meals would need to change.

"With anticipated legislative changes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and little increase in the reimbursements for this program, it is necessary that we increase prices to meet our budget," Webb stated in her report.

In a report submitted to the board by Chris Leinen, the district's director of business services, the request is in line with comparable school districts and is in response to inflationary pressures.

Meal prices have not been raised for two years, according to Leinen. Currently, breakfasts cost $1.50 for students in grades K-12 and $2 for adults; and lunches cost $2 for elementary students, $2.25 for middle school students, $2.40 for senior high students and $3.35 for adults.

In her report, Webb listed the amount charged for lunches at five "comparable" school districts in Minnesota. Of the five she listed, she noted Alexandria school district offered $2 lunches for elementary students, $2.25 for middle school students, $2.40 for senior high students and $3.50 for adults.

In comparison, Brainerd offered $2.40 lunches for elementary students, $2.50 for middle school students; $2.50 for senior high students and $3.80 for adults.

Y awilliams@bemidjipioneer.com

School lunches will cost more next year. The Bemidji School Board unanimously approved the increase at a meeting this week.

The amount of increase for food would be $.15 at the elementary schools and Bemidji Middle School and $.10 at the high school. Breakfast prices will remain unchanged. Anticipated income from the increased meal costs would be approximately $29,495 for the 2010-11 school year.

Marlene Webb, Bemidji School District's food services coordinator, submitted a request to the board, stating that after reviewing the budget for the 2010-11 school year, she determined the prices of meals would need to change.

"With anticipated legislative changes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and little increase in the reimbursements for this program, it is necessary that we increase prices to meet our budget," Webb stated in her report.

In a report submitted to the board by Chris Leinen, the district's director of business services, the request is in line with comparable school districts and is in response to inflationary pressures.

Meal prices have not been raised for two years, according to Leinen. Currently, breakfasts cost $1.50 for students in grades K-12 and $2 for adults; and lunches cost $2 for elementary students, $2.25 for middle school students, $2.40 for senior high students and $3.35 for adults.

In her report, Webb listed the amount charged for lunches at five "comparable" school districts in Minnesota. Of the five she listed, she noted Alexandria school district offered $2 lunches for elementary students, $2.25 for middle school students, $2.40 for senior high students and $3.50 for adults.

In comparison, Brainerd offered $2.40 lunches for elementary students, $2.50 for middle school students; $2.50 for senior high students and $3.80 for adults.

awilliams@bemidjipioneer.com

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