Pierre School Board Approves Slight Increase To Nutrition Prices For 2019-2020 School Year

(KCCR) — Prices for school lunches will be increasing for the 2019-2020 school year in Pierre. Business Manager Darla Mayer says current lunch prices are on the lower end compared to other similar-sized schools in the state…

“And a number of the school districts have also indicated they will be raising prices for the coming school year.  And I’ll just remind you that we do use the PLE tool which is the Paid Lunch Equity tool; which we’re required to use by the USDA to determine whether an increase in school lunch prices is necessary and that tool did show that we should increase the weighted average price by nine-cents for next year.  We do have the ability to round down, so we could increase by as low as 5-cents but you can see we’re that close to needing 10-cents already, so our recommendation is that increase all of our lunch and breakfast prices by 10-cents.”
Mayer says there would be an exception at the Elementary level…

“With one exception and that would be for elementary lunch which is…sort of…it’s a…it’s below average currently and is a larger difference between the Middle School pricing and then Middle School from Riggs and so that would get it a little more in line with what the average is and also with the other schools and so that would be a 15-cent increase.  We’re hopeful that in making these changes we will be able to hold off a year, after this year…price increase again.  That’s not a guarantee, but that would be our hope.”
Milk prices are also going up slightly…

“The individual milk price is currently 35-cents and due to cost increases for milk, we are recommending a 5-cent increase to 40-cents. And then that goes with a 28-punch, would increase by a dollar; from 7 dollars to 8 dollars. And at the elementary level we also offer a quarter pass and a school year pass and so families can choose to buy a pass that just covers as many time as that student…for that student as many times that quarter that they want to get milk.  That would cost 20 dollars and then they can also buy just one at the beginning of the school year that covers the entire school year. so they’re not having to send checks or worry if they’re going to run short on punches and that cost will be 60-dollars and it is at a discounted rate.”
School lunch prices were last increased in the Pierre School District during the 2017-18 school year. Breakfast prices last saw a price increase in the 2016-17 school year.