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School Board Raises Lunch Prices

By Staff | Aug 5, 2008

Start of the school year business was on the minds of school board members when the Emmetsburg Community Schools Board of Education met July 21, at the high school.

A change in the student lunch fees for 2008-2009 school year was approved by the board.

“In the 2007-2008 fiscal year we increased the school lunch prices by ten cents, and that turned an $8,000/2006-2007 deficit into a $4,000/2007-2008 deficit,” explained Superintendent John Joynt. “The program would have been close to the break-even point except for the sharp rise in food costs and the addition of fuel surcharges.”

In light of the rising cost of fuel and food, Joynt recommended adding 25 cents to the price of school lunch. Breakfast prices would remain the same as last year’s prices.

“What will happen to the price of free and reduced lunches?” asked Karla Anderson, board president.

“I don’t know what that number is; the poverty line moves every year,” answered Joynt.

“What will the increase make it?” asked Scott Dettmann.

“It will be $2.10 for a student lunch,” Joynt replied.

With no further discussion, Dave VanOosbree made a motion to approve the increase in lunch fees for the coming school year.

Bread and milk bids were also discussed during the meeting.

“Deb Goeders [Food Services Director] recommends IBC Sales (Wonderbread) for the bread bid,” began Joynt. “Part of the reason is that it’s based on the sandwich bread they use the most of.”

IBC Sales’ white sandwich bread bid came in at $1.07 which is down from last year’s price. Other bread bidders included: Emmetsburg Food Pride ($1.34 for white sandwich bread) and McNally’s Bake Shop ($1.25 for white sandwich bread).

“With milk sales, Deb recommends Anderson Erickson,” Joynt continued. “She said the prices were very similar, but Anderson Erickson already has the coolers in place here, and she’s very happy with their service.”

Joynt explained that Anderson Erickson furnishes and maintains their own coolers in the school. However, if the school district provided their own coolers, Anderson Erickson would deduct .0050 per each half-pint of milk.

Anderson Erickson’s bid included .2200 for half-pint skim milk and .2370 for half-pint 2% milk.

The only other milk bidder was Roberts Dairy whose bid included .2001 for half-pint skim milk and .2125 for half-pint 2% milk.

Board member Don Hagen suggested that Board President Karla Anderson contact Roberts to see if they provide coolers.

“It’s only fair to the community to check on these milk bids,” said Hagen.

The board unanimously approved accepting the bid from IBC Sales Corporation for bread. The milk bid will be approved by the board president after checking if Roberts provides coolers for milk storage.

School Board Raises Lunch Prices

By Staff | Aug 5, 2008

Start of the school year business was on the minds of school board members when the Emmetsburg Community Schools Board of Education met July 21, at the high school.

A change in the student lunch fees for 2008-2009 school year was approved by the board.

“In the 2007-2008 fiscal year we increased the school lunch prices by ten cents, and that turned an $8,000/2006-2007 deficit into a $4,000/2007-2008 deficit,” explained Superintendent John Joynt. “The program would have been close to the break-even point except for the sharp rise in food costs and the addition of fuel surcharges.”

In light of the rising cost of fuel and food, Joynt recommended adding 25 cents to the price of school lunch. Breakfast prices would remain the same as last year’s prices.

“What will happen to the price of free and reduced lunches?” asked Karla Anderson, board president.

“I don’t know what that number is; the poverty line moves every year,” answered Joynt.

“What will the increase make it?” asked Scott Dettmann.

“It will be $2.10 for a student lunch,” Joynt replied.

With no further discussion, Dave VanOosbree made a motion to approve the increase in lunch fees for the coming school year.

Bread and milk bids were also discussed during the meeting.

“Deb Goeders [Food Services Director] recommends IBC Sales (Wonderbread) for the bread bid,” began Joynt. “Part of the reason is that it’s based on the sandwich bread they use the most of.”

IBC Sales’ white sandwich bread bid came in at $1.07 which is down from last year’s price. Other bread bidders included: Emmetsburg Food Pride ($1.34 for white sandwich bread) and McNally’s Bake Shop ($1.25 for white sandwich bread).

“With milk sales, Deb recommends Anderson Erickson,” Joynt continued. “She said the prices were very similar, but Anderson Erickson already has the coolers in place here, and she’s very happy with their service.”

Joynt explained that Anderson Erickson furnishes and maintains their own coolers in the school. However, if the school district provided their own coolers, Anderson Erickson would deduct .0050 per each half-pint of milk.

Anderson Erickson’s bid included .2200 for half-pint skim milk and .2370 for half-pint 2% milk.

The only other milk bidder was Roberts Dairy whose bid included .2001 for half-pint skim milk and .2125 for half-pint 2% milk.

Board member Don Hagen suggested that Board President Karla Anderson contact Roberts to see if they provide coolers.

“It’s only fair to the community to check on these milk bids,” said Hagen.

The board unanimously approved accepting the bid from IBC Sales Corporation for bread. The milk bid will be approved by the board president after checking if Roberts provides coolers for milk storage.