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2014-07-10 / Local News

Lunch prices to increase for Depew students

During a reorganizational meeting on Tuesday, the Depew Board of Education elected Dave Scheff as president and Barbara Staebell as vice president.

Also during the meeting, Staebell was sworn in for another term, as she was re-elected to the board in May. Newcomer Donna Kapinos also took the oath of office.

In another matter, Depew students will see increases in meal prices this fall.

Lunches at the elementary, middle and high school will increase by 10 cents, with the middle and high schools coming in at $2.10 and the elementary school at $2. All breakfasts in the district will also increase by 10 cents, to $1.20.

According to Depew Superintendent Jeffrey Rabey, the price increases are the end result of two causes.

“We have to do an evaluation every year to make sure that we stay within the [U.S. Department of Agriculture] limits of what they require us to charge, and we were under our parameter right now,” he said. “That coupled with projecting out our budgets, in order to stay sustainable we have to increase our costs as well.”

The board also approved the hiring of a new art teacher, which signifies a slight reduction in staffing. According to Rabey, the new position is a .8 full-time equivalent, meaning the teacher will be working roughly four days per week versus the former full-time position.

The superintendent said the decision to reduce the position was primarily based on decreased enrollment and not budgeting issues.

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