For the second consecutive year, the Depew School Board included an increase in school lunch prices in its reorganizational agenda.
The Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a 10-cent increase for full-priced lunches. Middle and high school lunches will be $2.10, while elementary lunches will be $2. Breakfasts for all schools will remain $1.20.
Superintendent Jeffrey Rabey said that the need for the increase was twofold.
First, the district must stay within regulatory raises set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, he said, and second, a review of the district’s food services budget revealed a need for the price increase to maintain programming.
“We’re looking at sustainability for the future,” Rabey said.
In other action, Jessica Neischel was renamed district clerk with a $1,500 stipend for the academic year. She then administered the oath of office to board members Barbara Staebell and Donna Kapinos, who won board seats during the election in May. Member David Sheff was elected to serve another term as president, and Staebell was re-elected as vice president.
Nancy Gerretsen was named district treasurer with a $3,900 stipend. She also will collect a $3,380 stipend to serve as central treasurer of the student activity funds.
The board’s next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19 in the cafeteria at Depew High School, 5201 Transit Road.