July 22, 2013 at 1:00 AM
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – When the school year starts in September, students at the borough’s schools will pay slightly more for their lunches. This came after the Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday night to raise the prices.
Elementary students will be paying $2.25 for their lunches, while Grant and middle school students will be paying $2.40 and high school students will be paying $2.65. The prices represent a five-cent increase.
According to Superintendent of Schools Stephen Genko, South Plainfield’s prices were below the state minimum before the increase and will be two cents above the minimum after the change goes into effect.
Genko said South Plainfield’s prices are “at the low end in Middlesex County.”
Before the vote, board member Chris Hubner asked if leaving the prices as they are would jeopardize state aid. School Business Administrator James Olobardi said that state aid would not be cut, but that the district would lose state funding for free and reduced lunches if it charged less than the state minimum.
Reduced-lunch students will pay forty cents for their lunches and thirty cents for breakfast. After the increases go into effect, high-school students will pay $1.75 for breakfast, and students in all other schools will pay $1.50. The changes go into effect at the beginning of the new school year.