GEORGETOWN – Student lunch and breakfast prices will remain unchanged for yet another year in the Indian River School District.
Following a presentation Aug. 27 by IRSD Supervisor of Nutrition Services Clifton Toomey, Jr., the district’s board of education approved meal prices for the 2018-19 school year, which begins after Labor Day.
Student meal prices include:
- Elementary student platter: $1.00;
- High School and middle school student platter: $1.10;
- Reduced price lunch: $0.40;
- Student breakfast platter: $0.60; and
- Reduced price breakfast: $0.30.
This marks the 14th consecutive year without an increase in student prices, Mr. Toomey said.
There is a slight adjustment in the adult meals, by regulation, Mr. Toomey said. The lowest the district can charge this year is $3.63 for adult lunch, and $2.38 for breakfast.
The board approved Mr. Toomey’s recommendation of $2.40 for adult breakfast and $3.65 for lunch. “That way we don’t have to deal with pennies as the cash registers,” he said.
The school board also approved 2018-19 nutrition services budget, after an inquiry by board of education member Gerald Peden and clarification by Mr. Toomey.
Information in the board packet and public board documents showed a beginning balance of $3,033,894.83 as of July 1, 2018 and a projected ending balance of $1,688,277.83 on June 30, 2019.
“Is there any reason for starting the year with $3 million and ending year with $1.6 million, so it’s decreased by $1.4 (million)?” Mr. Peden asked. “If we have another year like that, the second year would end with – zero?”
“That is an incorrect number,” Mr. Toomey said. “The one I have here is $2.787 (million).”
“$2.7 (million) is more like it. $1.6 (million) concerns me a little bit,” said Mr. Peden, who asked for assurance.
“The sheet that I have in front of me says $2.787 (million),” said Mr. Toomey.
Mr. Toomey said he reviewed the proposed nutrition services budget with the district’s director of finance.
“This nutrition services budget is conservative. It provides for contingency, sets money aside for future equipment renovations. And it ensures that the nutrition services department remains solvent,” said Mr. Toomey. “We had to decrease a little bit in direct certified numbers this year, and additionally the nine days that are built in, those are lunches that we lose and never get back.”