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Silver Creek school meals hiked

The Silver Creek School Board on Wednesday night gave the go-ahead to raise the price of school meals for 2011-12.

Student breakfasts will increase by 25 cents; student lunches, 15 cents; and adult meals, 50 cents.

School Superintendent David O'Rourke said the school has a high rate of students who receive free or reduced-cost meals. More than 50 percent of all students qualified for the reduced or free meals last year.

School Board member Martha Howard was in favor of the increase for regularly priced meals for students who pay cash.

"Why should a taxpayer who does not have any children in school pay for these?" she said.

Howard noted free and reduced-price meals are supplemented by federal tax dollars.

"I think with the new tax cap and the price of lunches we have to break even," she said.

The new price increases should result in a small profit next year, officials said.

Under the projected budget, there is a cushion for equipment costs.

Last year, the school cafeteria budget was "break-even," according to O'Rourke.

The contract with Personal Touch food services, of Buffalo, was approved at a cost of $2.18 per meal.

In the previous year, the district lost money, which had to be made up from the general fund, officials said.

If there is an equipment or other loss, the district has to make up funds from the general operating budget.

In other matters, School Board members authorized a call-back to the full-time French teacher position and returned Nicholle Chase of Vermont to the post. They also hired Melissa Berry as a long-term substitute.