Coweta County School System student lunch prices will increase by 5 cents this year, with elementary lunch costing $2.80 and middle/high lunches climbing to $3.05.
Subsidies from the National School Lunch Program provide free and reduced lunches to qualifying students in participating school districts, like Coweta County. In return, the district is required to maintain “paid lunch equity,” meaning it must charge paying students an amount in line with the national subsidy for free lunches.
Incremental increases in school lunch prices are necessary to ensure sufficient funds for the school system nonprofit School Food Service Program to cover the cost of meals served to students who are not eligible for free or reduced lunches, according to school officials.
The Coweta County Board of Education voted to approve the increase at its June 12 meeting. In other business, the board:
•Approved renewal of its Georgia School Boards Association eBoardsolutions/Simbli module subscription and maintenance at a cost of $18,320.
•Agreed to renew its membership with the GSBA, minus the legal defense fund contribution, for $20,025.
•Approved a proposal from the Thomas Crossroads Elementary PTO for the purchase and installation of playground equipment.
•Approved field trips for East Coweta Middle School fine arts students to attend the Universal Stars Performance Program in Orlando, Florida Feb. 17-19, 2019; and for Northgate High School’s band to participate in the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC April 11-14, 2019.