Columbia\'s Board of Education to Vote on School Meal Price Increase

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COLUMBIA - The Columbia Board of Education is scheduled to vote Monday night on whether or not to increase the price of school meals by 10 cents across the board, the maximum amount the price can increase in a single year.

If approved, elementary school students' meals will cost $2.35, secondary school students' meals will cost $2.60 and adults' meals will cost $3.10. Breakfast meals will also see a 10 cent increase.

The local price increase proposal is the result of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's nationwide policy, which requires local school districts to provide part of the funding for the National School Lunch Program, either by raising the price of their school meals or by covering the expenses themselves. 

The meeting, which will be held at the school district's administrative building on W. Worley Street, is set to begin at 6:30 p.m.