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COLUMBIA CITY â€” For the third consecutive year, Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS) will be raising the price of its food for students.
Lunch will have an increased price tag of 10 cents across each school level in 2013-14. The previous two yearsâ€™ increases were a nickel each time.
At the elementary school level, students will pay $1.70 per lunch next year. Middle school students will be charged $1.85 and the price for high schoolers will be $1.95.
Breakfast prices will increase 10 cents as well, the first time that has occurred since 2004-05.
Food Service Director Carol Heinold said the increase was an attempt to catch up with price requirements.
Currently, the federal government reimburses the school system $2.86 for each student on the free lunch program and just $.27 for paid meals. Heinold said the district is being asked to try to approach a price of $2.59, that is, the reimbursement rate of a paid lunch subtracted from a free lunch.
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