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Meal prices go up first time in 5 years

Posted: Friday, August 11, 2000

Prices

Watch out for new meal prices. Costs are increasing by five cents after five years without an increase. New lunch prices are as follows:

Elementary students, $2.30

Secondary students, $2.55

Adults, $3.30 without milk

Automated payment system

Last year, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Student Nutrition Services installed a new Point of Sale Cash Register System to make buying school lunches even easier. Some features this system allows include:

Confidentiality -- A student's lunch status (free, reduced, paid) is kept completely confidential by using bar coded cards for elementary students and PIN numbers for secondary students. Meal status information travels directly from the SNS Office into the school's POS System over the district's wide area network. Other then SNS office staff, only the cashier and the school secretary would have access to your student's meal status.

Flexibility -- all students have two accounts; one for full meals and the other for a la carte items. Parents can specify how much money to deposit into each account. The a la carte account is a great way to reward your student for a job well done or for those students who may need an additional food item to get them through the day.

Meal Integrity -- Money can be taken from the a la carte account to pay for a full meal but not from the full meal account to pay for a la carte items. This provides the parent with the assurance that their child is receiving what the parent has paid for and requested for lunches.

Non-restrictive -- Parents who prepay for meals will now have the ability to prepay for an entire school year and not have to worry if there is money on their student's account.

Safety -- Prepaid accounts result in students not carrying cash to school.

Medical Alerts -- Professionally verified allergy and diet restriction information can be entered onto a student's account. This information appears on the POS monitor when the account is accessed as they come through the lunch line.

Accurate Meal History -- We have the ability to print every transaction your student made for the school year.

New application for subsidies

We have designed a new Application for Free and Reduced Lunches to benefit parents, students and other district programs. The greater the number of students who qualify, the greater the amount of resources that will be available to all schools, including those without a lunch program. It provides extra assistance to students needing academic help, as well as educational dollars for materials and equipment in our schools.

In the application there is a Release of Information for Benefits section, where you can designate the programs to which you would like your student's information to be applied. The information provided on a completed application is strictly confidential and will only be given to those programs you designate.

Internet resources

Are you looking for a little something to whet your appetite? Check out our Student Nutrition Services (SNS) Web site and link up with good nutrition. Find us at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us.

Many topics are just a click away. Find out what will be served for lunch on the monthly elementary and secondary menus, and even look up the recipe a favorite entree, learn more about the Free and Reduced Lunch Program, or e-mail the program director with your comments or suggestions. You can connect with other food and nutrition Web sites, also.

Schools and PTAs planning a big event or important meeting can check out the in district catering menu. With home baked items such as brownies, cookies, muffins and cinnamon rolls, we can make your event a success. We hope you find this site as tasty as we do.

We are here to serve you. Please feel free to contact the SNS office between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 262-9367.



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