GRANDVIEW - Come the start of the 2008-09 school year, parents will notice an increase in meal rates and driver's education classes in the Grandview School District.
School board members voted to approve the increases at last night's regularly scheduled meeting (Monday).
The school district's finance officer, Brad Shreve, explained to board members that there hasn't been an increase in meal fees since the 2000-01 school year.
Shreve also noted that about 90 percent of elementary students, 85 percent of middle school students and roughly 70 percent of high school students receive either free or reduced rates.
Board Chair Tim Grow asked if it was possible to offer free meals throughout the district. Shreve answered that it is possible, but the reimbursement rate would only be at the previously mentioned percentages, so there would be a loss in revenue.
At the elementary schools, the rate will increase from 65¢ for breakfast to $1. At the middle school and high school, it will increase from 80¢ to $1.25. Adults will pay $1.75 for breakfast.
For lunch, the cost will increase at the elementary school from $1.25 to $1.50. At the middle school, it will increase from $1.40 to $1.75. At the high school, lunch will increase from $1.50 to $2. Adults will pay $3 for lunch.
Driver's education will increase from $250 to $300.
Shreve said that the total projected expenditures for driver's ed for this coming school year is $31,755.81. If 80 students participate, the cost is $396.95 each, hence the need to raise the cost for student participation.
Grandview School Board members voted unanimously to increase the meal rates and driver's ed fees.