CLYMER, N.Y. — Lunch and breakfast prices for students in the Clymer Central School District are increasing for the 2019-20 school year.

During a regular meeting on Monday, school board members unanimously approved the increase, which is 10 cents for lunch and 5 cents for breakfast.

"We are keeping in line with Paid Lunch Equity," said Sue Watrous, CCS cafeteria manager. "We have to to go by the formula."

The New York State Education Department mandates schools that charge less than $2.70 for lunch must raise their existing costs by at least 4.91 percent.

Because the federal government and the state of New York give a partial reimbursement to public schools for free and reduced lunches, they also control how the prices are set. 

The new lunch prices for students in grades nine through 12 is $2.30 and for students in grades kindergarten through eight is $2.20. Breakfast cost will now be $1.35. 

The price for salad bar, which is available to students in grades five through 12 is $2.30.

Lunch and breakfast prices dating back to the 2015-16 school year are as follows:

• 2015-16 school year — lunch (ninth through 12th grade), $2; lunch (kindergarten through eighth grade), $1.90; and breakfast, $1.25.

• 2016-17 school year — lunch (ninth through 12th grade), $2; lunch (kindergarten through eighth grade), $1.90 and breakfast, $1.25

• 2017-18 school year — lunch (ninth through 12th grade), $2.10; lunch (kindergarten through eighth grade), $2; and breakfast, $1.30

• 2018-19 school year — lunch (ninth through 12th grade), $2.20; lunch (kindergarten through eighth grade), $2.10; and breakfast, $1.30.

In other business, board members approved a handful of personnel items. 

Janess Legters was approved as a substitute teacher.

Board members approved Mark Humes to clean buses, not to exceed 60 hours, at a rate of $11.10.

Lynne Bemis was approved as a curriculum coordinator at a stipend of $3,000 and was also approved in a separate motion as dean of students for the 2019-20 school year at a stipend of $5,000.

One floating holiday, which will be Wednesday, Nov. 27, was approved for 12-month CESP staff due to leap year. 

Two floating holidays were also approved, due to the leap year, for employees Stuart Strother, Kirstin Irwin and Wendy Waite. Those days will be Monday, Dec. 23, and Monday, April 13.

All floating holidays that were approved are days that students are not in session

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