Students in Clark County Public Schools and many others across the state will be paying more for their lunches next school year because of a recent mandate from the federal government.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which subsidizes school lunch programs, informed school districts that under requirements of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Act of 2010, they must charge at least $2.51 for school lunches for students who pay full-price for their meals.
Schools that have not been charging that much must gradually increase their prices over the next few years until they meet the $2.51 minimum.Clark County Public Schools prices were well below the federal minimum. Last year, elementary and middle schools students were charged $1.95 for lunch and high school students paid $2.25.
To comply with the federal mandate, the Clark County Board of Education last week reluctantly approved a 5-cent increase in lunch prices for full-pay students only, for the 2012-2013 school year. The increase does not affect breakfast prices nor lunch costs for students receiving free and reduced price lunches.