HONOLULU (AP) - The price of Hawaii school lunches is expected to go up in the fall.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser newspaper reports prices would go up by 25 cents - to $2.75 for high-schoolers and $2.50 for elementary and intermediate students.
Dann Carlson, assistant superintendent overseeing food services, spoke Tuesday before the finance committee of the Hawaii Board of Education.
Carlson says his department has a statutory increase requirement. He's referring to a 2009 state law that requires meal prices be set at a level "not less than half" the cost of preparing a meal.
Officials say each meal costs $5.51 to prepare.
The one-time increase was unanimously approved by the finance committee. A full board approval of the recommendation is expected at its next meeting.