January 29, 2006
Children will only see a ten cent increase, but adults are possibly looking at an additional 50 cents. The reason behind the boost is to help pay for the proposed increase in cafeteria worker's wages.
Right now food services workers make around $8.85 an hour. As part of the living wage initiative the School Board has proposed raising the wage up to $9.75 an hour.
Because food services are responsible for its own budget, they must break even, meaning anytime there is an increase in costs there also must be an increase in revenues.
It’s partly living wage, but is partly that we do know whether we institute living wage or not, food service costs go up. And so, it's unrealistic to think that meal prices could remain the same for another five or six years,” said Sue Friedman, Albemarle County School Board Chair.
If the School Board passes the proposal, the increase will not affect children of free or reduced lunch and it would start at the beginning of next school year in August.
This would be the first meal increase in Albemarle County in three years and all cafeterias in elementary, middle and high schools would see the boost.