The Marysville Exempted Village School District Board of Education voted last Monday to raise school lunch prices by 25 cents across the board.

The Marysville Exempted Village School District Board of Education voted last Monday to raise school lunch prices by 25 cents across the board.

Currently, lunch prices are $2.35 at the elementary schools and $2.60 at Creekview Intermediate, Bunsold Middle and Marysville High schools.

Superintendent Larry Zimmerman told board members that, because of rising food and related costs, he saw "no alternative" to raising prices.

"I've struggled with this," he said. "We cannot afford to subsidize food service. It needs to stand on its own."

Board member Scott Johnson questioned the timing, saying that "to make a decision two days before the start of school doesn't seem right."

The board opted to make the change effective Sept. 8.

Three administrators, including two in the food service office and the Director of Transportation office, have recently resigned from Marysville Schools.

The Board of Education recently accepted the resignations of Executive Director of Food Operations Alicia Goodman, Food Service Director Pamela Marshall, Director of Transportation Jodie Clark.

Superintendent Larry Zimmerman admitted the timing was challenging, given the start of school and in particular due to new cluster bus stops at the high school, busing to the new Bunsold Middle School and new and renovated cafeterias at the middle and high schools, respectively.

"We have incredible people in those buildings, an exceptional group," he said. "In the short term, we'll be fine."

The district promoted Amy Morgan from Transportation administrative Assistant to replace Clark.

"She'll have a full plate," Zimmerman said.

He said the assistant position would have to be filled.

He said the district would look to replace one of the two food service positions.

-- Jim Fischer