EDDYVILLE — Rising food and delivery costs are fueling a jump in lunch prices for the Eddyville-Blakesburg School District. This week the school board approved an increase in breakfast and lunch prices for both students and staff.

“We lost money in our lunch program this year, but that is not why you raise fees,” said Superintendent Dean Cook.

He explained that costs for the district are on the rise. In less than a year the cost for a case of eggs went up from $15 to $27, meat went up from $55 to $85 per case, just as two examples. In addition, delivery charges have increased.

Cook surveyed other area school districts and found that they too were increasing prices this year.

The board will not increase registration and book fees for 2008-09.  However, increasing costs for officials and supplies will drive up activity fees for students and adults wishing to attend athletic events. Costs for activity passes will increase by $10; gate fees will also increase.

In other business the board voted in favor of increasing fees for day care students.

Center Director Marilyn Mineart told the board that fees have not been raised since 2004, yet costs for staff have steadily increased over that time period.  

“We are still in the red and struggling,” she said.

Administrators pointed out that the childcare facility is a state-licensed center. After checking around they found that fees are similar if not a little lower than other similar facilities in the area.

The board approved increasing contracted weekly rates by about $2 to $10 per week based on the age of students.  

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