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School Lunch Prices on the Rise

Due to increased costs for food and transportation, the North Canton City Schools Board of Education increased lunch prices for the 2011-12 school year

Lunches will cost more for North Canton students next school year.

During the North Canton City Schools Board of Education meeting Wednesday evening, board members unanimously approved increasing lunch prices at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

According to Treasurer Todd Tolson, all lunch prices will increase by 10 cents and milk will increase by 5 cents. The new lunch prices are as follows: elementary, $2.35; North Canton Middle School and Hoover High School, $2.60; adults, $3.10; and milk, 50 cents.

Board Member Christopher Goldthorpe said the price increases are necessary because food and oil prices are on the rise, which result in the need to increase lunch prices.

He also noted that nationwide, school districts are now obligated to follow the federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which gives the U.S. Department of Agriculture the authority to set standards for foods sold regularly in public schools.

“There’s a push to include more whole grains and get local produce. We’re trying to get away from canned goods,” he said, adding healthier foods cost more than less-nutritious meals.

Despite the increase, Goldthorpe said the new prices align with other area school districts.  It’s North Canton’s first lunch price increase in two years.

In other news, board members awarded a two-year contract to Paul McIntyre to serve as Hoover High School associate principal.  McIntyre spent the last 18 years teaching high school science and served as the Science Department Chair, according to Tolson. He will earn $92,300 per year.

The board also awarded a contract for about $60,000 to Air Force One, a Northeast Ohio heating, ventilation, and air conditioning company, for the purchase of a new heat exchanger, which will air condition a portion of Hoover High School.

The board’s next regular meeting is at 7:30 a.m. on June 29 in the District Office Conference Room adjacent to Hoover High School.

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