Dublin Villager

Federal regs will increase cost of Dublin lunches


Student lunches in the Dublin City School District are expected to be a little bit more for the 2013-14 school year.

The Dublin Board of Education was this week set to hear about a 15-cents increase in school lunches at the elementary, middle and high schools.

Brian Hunt, district food services supervisor, said the increase comes from two federal regulations. The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act required schools to increase the amount of fruits, vegetables and whole grains served at lunch, which means an increase in the costs of food, Hunt said.

"That's what happens," Hunt said. "The higher food costs affect the costs of lunches."

The district is also raising prices to meet another requirement that sets a minimum price for school lunches, Hunt said.

"We have to meet the minimum price requirement for paid lunches that is established based on the free lunch reimbursement set by the USDA," Hunt said.

"By doing the 15-cent increase, it will keep us from raising our prices every year. This will get us out for the next two years."

At the elementary schools, lunches will go from $2.40 to $2.55 and at the middle and high schools, lunch prices will increase from $2.65 to $2.80.

In other district news, board members were expected to approve the hiring of a new assistant treasurer this week.

Assistant Treasurer Brian Kern will move to Olentangy Local School District to take a treasurer/CFO position there and Jeremy Buskirk will replace him.

Buskirk, information from the district said, has worked as district accountant for the past six years and worked for the Auditor of State's office before that.