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State College school board votes to raise lunch prices

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The State College Area school board voted on Monday to increase the price of school lunches throughout the district for the 2017-2018 school year.

Elementary and middle school students will see a $.05 increase per lunch and high school lunches will be raised by $.45.

The more significant price increase for high school students is due to larger enrollment and a wider variety of options, which contributes to higher overhead costs, according to district spokesman Chris Rosenblum.

Elementary breakfasts will increase from $1.30 to $1.35 and middle school breakfasts will increase from $1.80 to $1.85.

The food service department considered food prices at districts similar in size when finalizing the prices in the district, according to Rosenblum.

The district charges $2.55 for elementary school lunches, $2.80 for middle school lunches and $3.05 for high school lunches. The districtwide average is $2.80, which is $.31 above the national average, according to schoolnutrition.org.

The national average for elementary lunches is $2.34, middle school $2.54 and high school $2.60, which is a total average of $2.49.

The 2017-2018 increase will bring the districtwide average to $2.98 per lunch, which is $.49 above the national average.

The $.45 per lunch increase for high school students will not go into effect until the new food court opens in 2018.

Leon Valsechi: 814-231-4631, @leon_valsechi

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