SAXTON — The Tussey Mountain School District board of directors will be voting Monday evening on a potential increase to meal prices for the 2019-2020 school year.

At last week’s agenda setting meeting, Jen Weaver of the Nutrition Group suggested the district consider raising both breakfast and lunch cost by 5 cents. The current breakfast price is $1.20 for both elementary and secondary and the current lunch cost is $2.40 for both buildings.

Weaver said the increase will bring an additional $2,358. The proposed increase comes after the current year’s budget is being operated at a loss of $132,637.

Weaver said that the budget includes operation costs for 178 breakfast and lunch days. She added that the district also has a dinner program that serves 53 meals a day, 143 days throughout the year which brings in an additional $26,867 in revenue for the district and a snack program that brought in $6,896.

Seventy-six percent of the districts food service budget is for employee costs, which Weaver said was slightly higher than average. Thirty-two percent is budgeted for food with other percentages for administrative costs and paper and cleaning, which Weaver said was average with other schools.

She added that the school offers six to 10 options for students per day.

Last year, the Nutrition Group suggested a 10 cent increase and Business Manager Lisa Rankin and Superintendent Gary Dawson said the district had no plans to increase the price of its lunches.

At last week’s agenda meeting, Dawson praised the work the food service group has done saying the “students seem to enjoy it” and he doesn’t hear any complaints. He added that after having the opportunity dine in other school’s cafeteria, he would put the district’s “cafeteria against any of the cafeteria in the area.”

The board meets tonight at 7 p.m. in the district office.

Contact Katie Smolen at 623-1151 ext. 110 or ksmolen@bedfordgazette.com.

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