By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer

The Morgan County Board of Education (BOE) unanimously voted to increase the price of school breakfasts by 25 cents, raising the price from $1.00 to $1.25 on June 9 at the monthly meeting. Despite the new price hike, the reduced meal prices will remain at 30 cents. According to Phyllis Martin, a school nutritionist, the increase is necessary to cover the costs of new federal guidelines requiring that schools offer an additional fruit and whole grains for breakfast. “It’s more expensive for us to do that,” said Martin. “As a result of implementing the new guidelines, breakfast meal prices will need to reflect the change in meal pattern.”

“We haven’t raised the price in over 10 years,” added Martin. Nelson Hale, chairman of the BOE, agreed the time has come to raise the price. “No one likes raising prices, but it seems it has to be done,” said Hale. The BOE also approved a few other items at the meeting, including a time-line to finalize the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 budget by July 25, the renewal of the BOE’s contract with Family Connection for FY 2015, a recommendation to revise the board’s policy on public comments, and a list of surplus equipment from Morgan County schools.

The board also unanimously voted to approve a recommendation to revise the Board Policy JBCA/Tuition for public comment. According to Sarah Burbach, now that the vote has been taken, the revised policy will be available for public comment for 30 days and will be voted on at the July Board of Education meeting.