FLINT TWP. — As indicated for several months, an increase in school lunch prices next fall for Carman- Ainsworth schools is now official.
At its organizational meeting Tuesday night, the school board voted unanimously to raise the cost of paid lunches to $1.60 and $1.85, a ten cent increase.
Superintendent Bill Haley explained that the increase is required to comply with federal regulations.
“This is not … based on budgetary necessity, it is made based on federal law changes,’’ he said. “The federal government has passed legislation that requires us to gradually raise our lunch prices to $2.46 for paid lunches.”
The basic reason is to build a fund surplus that will be required to offset food costs in coming years because of new nutritional mandates to serve more fruits and vegetables. CA currently conforms to all nutritional guidelines, he said.
CA’s new lunch prices is the minimum raise that could be made but still is among the lowest in the county, he said.