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Lunch prices to remain steady in schools

There will not be any changes in lunch prices when District 833 opens next fall, according to Food Service Director Barb Osthus.

The food service annual budget report was approved last week by the School Board.

Lunches for elementary students will remain at $1.70 with junior and senior high lunches at $2. Woodbury High School lunches are $2.60.

Osthus said she favors keeping lunch prices steady to make sure most families can afford them.

"Why are Woodbury's lunches higher?" asked Board Member Jim Gelbmann.

Students wanted more food, a desert and larger hot dogs. The decision was made in the mid-80s in cooperation between with students and staff members. "We really listen to our customers," Osthus said.

Osthus said the food service budget for 2006-07 will operate in deficit with the difference made up by the department's fund balance.

The experiment to sell ads to school district-only food vendors on televised menus in Woodbury High School cafeteria did not work, Osthus said. "We did not renew the contract, but will miss help with programming," she said.

In a revised plan presented last week, Osthus said Park's remodeling, mostly for new equipment, will be done in the summer of 2007.

Plans for next year include making cafeterias "more welcoming environments," she said.

Food from different cultures will be featured once a month, more staff members will be speaking Spanish, and more hand washing stations will be added.

Judy Spooner
Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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