School lunch price increase considered

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By Tris DeRoma

The Los Alamos School Board is considering raising the price of school lunch by as much as 25 cents in reaction to a price increase by the district school lunch supplier, Summit.
According to the Los Alamos Public School District’s CFO, John Wolfe, Summit is raising its price from $3.71 to $3.79. The price the district currently charges consumers of the lunch is $3.75. In light of Summit’s price change, the district is considering raising the consumer price to a minimum of $3.80 or perhaps to $4.
“Obviously, (Summit’s price increase) puts us in an immediate deficit situation as far as operating costs go,” Wolfe said to the board. “We are going to have to raise the price.”
Wolfe also reported that so far, the lunch program is running at a profit, but, LAPS is unsure what the New Mexico Department of Education’s new reimbursement rates for free and reduced lunch will be in light of Summit’s price hike.
There are also so impending equipment repairs and modifications that have to be made in the district’s middle school kitchen as well. According to Wolfe, the new price of $4 should be adequate to cover these unknown costs with the program running a deficit.

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