Fremont Middle School ribbon-cutting (copy)

A new cafeteria at Fremont Middle School is seen on Aug. 13, 2019. The cost of lunch in Kuna secondary schools is going up this year, from $3 to $3.25.

High school and middle school students in the Kuna School District will see an increased cost in paid school lunches this year. 

The Kuna School District board of trustees in an Aug. 13 meeting approved the school district's plan to increase the secondary lunch cost by 25 cents. 

The secondary lunch price will be $3.25 this year, up from $3 last year. The cost for elementary school lunch, which is $2.75, will not increase.

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The district increased the secondary school cost to meet federal government standards. A Paid Lunch Equity cost calculator, managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, required this year the Kuna School District reach a $2.99 weighted average for school lunches, according to Val Swanson, child nutrition program director for the Kuna School District.

"If we raise only the secondary this year for 25 cents, we meet that goal of the $2.99," Swanson said. "Next year, we'll be back here again because it will change again, and we'll look at elementary."

The school board unanimously approved the increase. Trustee Russ Johnson was absent.

Reporter Ryan Suppe can be reached at 208-922-3008. Follow him on Twitter: @salsuppe.

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