Salem High Sees Large Decline in Plate Lunches
Detering feels the elimination of french fries from the meals sent students to the Ala Carte line to get what they wanted. "It was student choices before that possibly caused the obesity issue--the things that they were choosing. So now students are choosing not to buy the lunch," Detering said.
Detering is commending the cafeteria staff for doing an excellent job in trying to work with the new guidelines. With strict limits on ketchup and salt, he reports many students are now keeping a supply of both in their lockers. There was some concern about the soda and snack vending machines being available to students during lunch. However, Detering noted revenue from the machines was also down during the past school year.
The purchase of fewer lunches has increased the loss in the cafeteria last year to $46,000 if $136,000 in salary and benefits are added to the cost.
In an effort to cut the deficit, the board voted Tuesday night to raise the cost of student lunches by 25 cents to $3.00. The cost of ala carte sandwiches will also increase a quarter to $2.00.
The Salem High School board also increased the cost of book fees from $80 to $85 a year to address rising costs. The added fee for calculus students will jump from $25 to $50, but that will allow the students to be issued a school owned iPad that can also be used in other classes.
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