Elementary lunch will now cost $2.80, and secondary lunch will cost $3.05, up from $2.70 and $2.95 last year, respectively. Costs for elementary and secondary breakfasts will remain at $1.65 and $1.90, respectively.
The increases align with other area school districts, GISD Chief Financial Officer Pam Sanchez said.
GISD is looking to add about $44,000 to its fund balance to pay for new kitchen equipment.
“Our kitchen equipment is quite dated in most of our schools,” Sanchez said. “Having some fund balance in the food service account is prudent to be able to replace the equipment without having to borrow from the general fund for that cost.”
Sanchez added the district is part of a federally funded program that allows it to be reimbursed for free and reduced lunch meals. This means the district is unable to grow the fund balance since it is not-for-profit food service provider.
“We’re just looking to sustain the equipment and the quality of service we have right now,” Sanchez said.