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EACS board presented plan to raise price for adult lunch

January 9, 2019

Lunch is about to get more expensive for staff at East Allen County Schools.

Dan Krleski, food service director, told the school board Tuesday the state is responsible for driving the adult lunch price up, from 3.55. An audit last month revealed the district wasn’t charging enough for the entree, vegetables, fruit and beverage.

The $3 adult lunch is being supported by the student reimbursable meals : something that cannot happen, Krleski said.

“My hands are somewhat tied,” he said.

The change is slated to take effect Jan. 28, pending board approval. It was presented Tuesday for discussion.

Krleski is exploring ways to make the higher price easier to swallow, such as through products and conveniences offered.

About 20 percent of district staff eat in a school cafeteria while 76 percent bring their lunch, according to a districtwide food service survey taken by 541 staff members. The board received the results in November.

Most staff surveyed indicated prepackaged items, such as salads, wraps and sandwiches, would interest them. Krleski mentioned those as possibilities Tuesday.

“I’m excited about the wraps and the salads,” Superintendent Marilyn Hissong said.

As an aside, Krleski said the district began giving students more menu options Monday. Secondary students now have three hot entree options, up from two, and elementary students have two hot entree options, up from one. A meatless or seafood option is now offered daily to all students.

In other business, the board elected its officers for the year. Tim Hines is president; Chris Baker is vice president; and Todd Buckmaster is secretary.

Hines and Hissong thanked Bob Nelson for serving as president two years. Nelson is seeking the Republican nomination for New Haven mayor against Steve McMichael.

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