SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Students in Chatham County will need to bring extra lunch money to the cafeteria come next school year.
The Savannah Chatham County School Board is approving a price increase that takes effect in August.
School lunch in the Savannah Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) is increasing to three dollars for all students, kindergarten through high school. But the price hike only affects students who pay full price for their lunches and do not qualify for free or reduced lunches.
The increase fills a deficit in the nutritional program budget created by the federal funding formula for the national school lunch program. The losses undercurrent pricing total of more than $285,000.
Three members of the board voted against it, including first district board member Julie Wade, who shared her reasoning at last week’s board meeting.
“If you make $1 more than that cut-off, we’re now raising your lunch to $3, which is a significant, significant increase,” she said. “We’re also increasing it the same across the board, so an elementary school kindergartener is being charged the same as a high school senior and I suspect they eat very different amounts of food.”
The school board approved new lunch pricing with a six-to-three vote. The school lunch price is going up fifty-cents for high schoolers and seventy-five cents for K-8.
The $3 price point starts August 5 when the 2019-2020 school year begins. Adult lunch prices will also increase to $4 from $3.50 and adult breakfast moves up to $2.25 from $2.
All students receive free breakfast in the district.