February 10, 2016

GE district to increase school meal fees

Mark Taylor

The Gardner Edgerton School District will charge more for breakfasts and lunches next year.
School officials say much of the cost increase is the result of federal mandates passed on to the district.

The school board on April 19, approved increases to the school menus that include the following increases:

Elementary breakfast (K-4) $1.25 (10 cent increase).
Middle school breakfast (5-8) $1.30 (15 cent increase).
High school breakfast (9-12) $1.30 (15 cent increase).
All student lunches will increase by 10 cents.
Elementary lunches will cost $1.90; middle school, $2.05; and high school, $2.20.
Milk fees will increase 5 cents to 45 cents district wide.

Adults who visit Gardner Edgerton schools will pay 25 cents more for breakfast ($1.75) and lunch ($3.25).

Board member Tim Rayburn said the increases were the result of federal mandates passed on to local school districts.

“You are going to pay it one way or the other,” he said.  “We have talked about protecting the community. I think it is very important that the community understands that the mandates that the federal government has attached to this funding is why we have to make this increase.

Carol Semrau, food service director, said the school district will be required to add more fruits and vegetables to meet new federal guidelines.

“They (federal government) are addressing the obesity epidemic in the nation,” she said. “We already do fruits and vegetables, but we will be required to break it down so that we do so many of the fruits and vegetables in specific areas like leafy green vegetables and orange vegetables like sweet potatoes and summer squash.

“A lot of vegetables that we cannot get during the middle of the year, but that we will have to be purchasing anyway.”


  1. This is in no way a complaint on the schools but how can the government say school menus are making the kids fat. My kid will buy two meals just to get through the rest of the afternoon and I assure you he is not fat. Those kids are going home sitting on their butts in front of a TV snacking on what ever is in the house and doing nothing physical at all, that is what is making those kids fat not those meals they call lunches.

  2. chickennuggetsandnachos says:

    I agree with you Kevin kids are lazy nowadays but that is just one of the factors that contribute to childhood obesity. I think if you saw the crud that kids are fed at school you would be shocked unless you are the kind of dad who comes home and feeds your kids Taco Bell, chicken nuggets and frozen pizza.

    There is very little that isn’t processed and there is very little that isn’t laden with sugar, fat, food coloring, high fructose corn syrup, and more. It isn’t like when we were little and the lunch ladies actually cooked the food. Today they open a box of chicken nuggets and bake them or they open a box of prepackaged hamburgers that aren’t really made of hamburger, they are full of fillers and food coloring. I would not let my kids eat at school more than once or twice per week because I prefer them to eat actual healthy food.

    Parents are part of the equation too. They need to see that kids have an active lifestyle and don’t sit in front of the television and that they are introduced to healthy foods at an early age. I don’t understand parents who cook one meal for themselves and cook a meal of frozen pizza or chicken nuggets or those prepackaged peanut butter sandwiches for their kids and then can’t figure out why their kids just don’t like green beans or bananas or carrots.

  3. I will say it again – you can look in the mirror and see the reason for many of the problems.

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