Published On: Wed, Jul 17th, 2013

HPS Board raises fee for lunches

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HARTINGTON — Hartington Public School elementary students will see a slight increase in the amount they pay for lunches this upcoming year.

Hartington School Board members discussed the matter and accepted the lunch prices for 2013-14 at their July 9 meeting.

The interim rule, known as the National School Lunch Program: School Food Service Account Revenue Amendments Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2012, gives responsibility to school food authorities.

These entities participating in the National School Lunch Program must ensure there is enough money to pay for students who are not eligible for free or reduced lunches.

There are three ways schools can meet this requirement, according to Chrys Koch, business manager at Hartington Public School.

It can either be through the prices charged for “paid” lunches, other non-federal sources, which includes any sources not funded by the federal government or a combination of both.

“[The second option] would require the Board to take action at the start of the school year to move funds from the General Funds to the Lunch Funds,” Koch said.

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