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By Andrew Duffelmeyer
(May 25, 2011 - 1 p.m.) The Ames School Board voted 6-0 Tuesday evening for a $.20 increase in lunch prices and a $.05 increase in breakfast prices for the coming school year.
The $.20 increase in lunch prices will generate an additional $49,560 in revenue for the district.
The district currently charges $2.40 for an elementary school lunch; $2.60 for middle school and high school lunches; and $3.10 for adult and guest lunches.
The $.05 increase in breakfast prices will generate an additional $2,186 in revenue for the district.
The district currently charges $1.40 for an elementary school breakfast; $1.45 for middle school and high school breakfasts; and $1.80 for an adult breakfast.
Staff said the additional revenue from the price increases will help to offset increasing food prices and reduced sales. Sales for the current year are down over $100,000 from projections due to required menu changes to be in compliance with the Healthy Kids Act.
The board also voted 6-0 to renew its contract with Chartwells, a St. Louis - based company, to manage the district's food service operations and facilities.
About $.21 of each breakfast and lunch sold goes to Chartwells for their service. The increase in lunch pricing does not increase the compensation paid to Chartwells.
Estimated total meal sales for next year are 550,000.