Students in South-Western City Schools will pay a bit more for lunches next school year.
The school board Monday, June 9 approved increasing lunch prices by 10 cents districtwide.
Elementary school students now will pay $2.35 for their lunches. The cost at intermediate and middle school lunches will go to $2.60 and high school students will pay $2.85.
In the 2015-16 school year, lunch prices will increase another 10 cents at each building.
The district's prices for elementary school lunches have not increased since 2006 and the cost at other schools last rose in 2007, district officials said.
Even with the price increases, South-Western's cost for lunches likely will remain among the lowest in central Ohio, officials said.
When she proposed the price increase in February, district Food Services Supervisor Beth Glitt presented the board a comparison of the current fees with those from 11 other area school districts.
Only Columbus had as low of a price as South-Western at the elementary, intermediate and middle school levels. High schools in five other districts charged $2.75, and the other districts charged more.
Glitt said the district will "stay competitive" even with the increases over the next two years, and that does not count the possibility that other districts may also boost their lunch prices.
South-Western's food service operations are self-supporting and receive no general fund money.
In other business June 9, the board approved appointing two district staff members as high school assistant principals.
Jon Marshall was appointed as assistant principal at Central Crossing High School. He currently serves as a math teacher at the school.
Bryan O'Shea was appointed to the post at Grove City High School. He has been serving as assistant principal at Norton Middle School.
The board also accepted the resignation of Monterey Elementary School Principal Brian Baker, effective July 31. Baker is leaving the district to take a principal position with another district.