Price of school lunches may go up in Londonderry
During a recent meeting with the Londonderry School Board, Food Services Director Nancy Faucon said the department suffered a $17,000 operating loss last year, which she attributed mostly to the district’s overall declining enrollment.
Elementary school lunches cost $1.70 versus the state average of $2.09, while middle school lunches cost $2 as opposed to the state average of $2.31. High school lunches cost $2.10, still lower than the state average of $2.58.
Still, a survey of parents and students completed earlier this fall indicated many would be unhappy with a price increase.
This year, school officials launched a breakfast program at the middle school, along with separate lunch lines for those getting lunch or just a snack.
Business Administrator Peter Curro said about 250 people responded to the food service survey, which was completed this past fall.
In addition to cost concerns, survey participants said the meals aren’t always what the students want and many said they’d like to see more variety and better quality.
“Honestly, I’m not sure how much more we can do,” Curro said. “Variety is subject to the amount of kitchen space we have, but we are trying to address this at the high school right now.”
“We have a lot of kids who are involved in various after-school activities and athletics programs,” Curro said, noting that an unused storage room in the high school cafeteria might be converted to some sort of a snack or salad bar.