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HISD May Hike Cafeteria Prices

This just in: Houston Independent School District Superintendent Abe Saavedra will ask the school board this week to double the price of reduced-price lunches from 20 cents to 40 cents.

Full-priced lunches will go from $1.40 to $1.60 for elementary students and from $1.50 to $1.70 for secondary. Adult lunches will go from $2.35 to $2.65.

The good news: HISD will hold the line on breakfasts and continue to offer those free to all students. (In these economic times, some students may actually eat those breakfasts now.)

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HISD, like other school districts, is not immune to the increased food costs in the past year. Produce is up 20 percent, milk 14 percent and bread 8 percent. The district estimates it will spend $41 million on food in 2008-9, up from $36.4 million just last year.

The school board will vote on the proposal Thursday.

Margaret Downing

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