Raise in the Cost of School Lunches

Kentucky teachers received a pay raise in the budget passed by the General Assembly during the last session. Now, an area school district is working to give other employees an increase as well.

Lunch costs a $1.50 for the students at Barren County Middle.

However, next year all of the students in the Barren County School District will see an increase for the first time in five years.

The district is working to raise money to give its cafeteria workers a raise equivalent to the increase teacher's received from the General Assembly during the last session.

"It will cost us approximately $55,000 for the five percent raise, plus the 23 percent raise in classified retirement match," said Sarah Vincent, the director of Food Services for the Barren County School District.

Vincent said her department is almost completely self-supporting. She said it doesn't receive any money from the state and only a little from the federal government.

"The revenue comes from what the kids pay for and the federal government gives us money for free and reduced meals," Vincent said.

The price of food also increases every year and to help alleviate some of those costs Barren County now contracts through a single food vendor.

"That has enabled us to hold our food costs down substantially for the past couple of years," Vincent said.

How much the price of the school lunches will increase is not currently known.

Vincent said she's currently working on the numbers and will have to wait until March when the increase in food prices is known.

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