Jul 11th, 2012
LAKE WALES – When school starts Aug. 20, some students and parents will see a slight increase in the cost of school meals in Lake Wales Charter Schools.
Full-price breakfast will cost $1.25, and full-price lunch will cost $2.75. Last year, breakfast was $1.10 and lunch was $2.50. The cost of reduced-price meals will remain unchanged at 30 cents for breakfast and 40 cents for lunch.
“The increase was necessary to cover the actual cost of those meals,” said Principal Ken Henson, who headed the team overseeing the LWCS system’s food service program. The new prices have been approved by the State of Florida, and meet all current regulations for meal pricing.
Because the majority of LWCS students are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals, most families won’t be impacted by the price increase. The percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals varies by school, ranging from about 60 percent at Dale R. Fair Babson Park Elementary to about 90 percent at both Janie Howard Wilson Elementary and Polk Avenue Elementary.
The Lake Wales Charter Schools system has signed a management contract with SLA Management to operate all aspects of the school food service program at the six LWCS campuses. During back-to-school orientations, SLA staff members will be available to help parents enroll in a program that allows parents to view their child’s cafeteria account balances and access other information online.