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Prices to increase for Red Wing school lunches; here's why and by how much

Students will pay 10 cents more for lunch this fall. Red Wing School Board unanimously approved the price increase at the April 15 meeting.

Brenton Lexvold, the food service director, presented to the board how the pricing will help increase food service department wages and replace aging equipment in the kitchens.

Lunch prices will change in the following ways:

Elementary:

• 2018-2019 price: $2.60

• 2019-2020 price: $2.70

Twin Bluff:

• 2018-2019 price: $2.70

• 2019-2020 price: $2.80

High School:

• 2018-2019 price: $2.85

• 2019-2020 price: $2.95

Milk prices also will increase; Lexvold said he can't remember the last time that happened. A carton will go up 5 cents to 50 cents.

Breakfast prices in the district will not change. Breakfast went up 5 cents for this school year. Lexvold said breakfast is a popular choice across the district, up 10% versus last year. He noted that 83% of kindergarten students are participating in breakfast in the classroom in the district as well. Kindergarten students eat breakfast for free.

A la carte food sales also have increased, up 4% per day, but the added revenue still leaves the staff wages and equipment in need of increased funds, he said.

Students who qualify for free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch won't be affected by the lunch change.

Matthew Lambert

Matthew Lambert joined the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2018 covering school board, public safety, and writing features. Lambert previously wrote for the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal. He is a graduate of Winona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication: Journalism. 

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