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School Lunch and Transportation Costs Debated at BOE Meeting

By Ian Scheuring

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Cost increases involving school meals and bus services were among the topics that were discussed at a Board of Education meeting Tuesday afternoon.

At the meeting, Board members debated possible changes to the Department of Education's operating budget for the 2012-2013 school year.

One reason for the debate was a new federal government requirement that mandates state education departments eventually have the price of their school meals match what the USDA pays for free student meals.

The Department of Education estimates that increasing lunch prices by an average of 90 cents will generate an additional 6.1 million dollars in revenue, but some Board members voiced concerns over the large increase.

"Whether families should bear the total brunt or whether the cost should be spread among more of the community, I think, is a policy decision that the legislature should address," said Brian De Lima, Vice Chairperson of the Board of Education.

If a price hike is eventually approved, students receiving free or reduced-cost meals would not be affected, while those who pay the unsubsidized cost more would not be subsidizing needy families.

During the meeting, the Department of Education also asked for an additional 42 million dollars in general funds for the student transportation program.

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School Lunch and Transportation Costs Debated at BOE Meeting

 

By Ian Scheuring

 

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Cost increases involving school meals and bus services were among the topics that were discussed at a Board of Education meeting Tuesday afternoon.

 

At the meeting, Board members debated possible changes to the Department of Education's operating budget for the 2012-2013 school year.

 

One reason for the debate was a new federal government requirement that mandates state education departments eventually have the price of their school meals match what the USDA pays for free student meals.

 

The Department of Education estimates that increasing lunch prices by an average of 90 cents will generate an additional 6.1 million dollars in revenue, but some Board

School Lunch and Transportation Costs Debated at BOE Meeting

By Ian Scheuring

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Cost increases involving school meals and bus services were among the topics that were discussed at a Board of Education meeting Tuesday afternoon.

At the meeting, Board members debated possible changes to the Department of Education's operating budget for the 2012-2013 school year.

One reason for the debate was a new federal government requirement that mandates state education departments eventually have the price of their school meals match what the USDA pays for free student meals.

The Department of Education estimates that increasing lunch prices by an average of 90 cents will generate an additional 6.1 million dollars in revenue, but some Board members voiced concerns over the large increase.

"Whether families should bear the total brunt or whether the cost should be spread among more of the community, I think, is a policy decision that the legislature should address," said Brian De Lima, Vice Chairperson of the Board of Education.

If a price hike is eventually approved, students receiving free or reduced-cost meals would not be affected, while those who pay the unsubsidized cost more would not be subsidizing needy families.

During the meeting, the Department of Education also asked for an additional 42 million dollars in general funds for the student transportation program.

Copyright 2011 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.

members voiced concerns over the large increase.

 

"Whether families should bear the total brunt or whether the cost should be spread among more of the community, I think, is a policy decision that the legislature should address," said Brian De Lima, Vice Chairperson of the Board of Education.

 

If a price hike is eventually approved, students receiving free or reduced-cost meals would not be affected, while those who pay the unsubsidized cost more would not be subsidizing needy families.

 

During the meeting, the Department of Education also asked for an additional 42 million dollars in general funds for the student transportation program.

 

Copyright 2011 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.

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