Due to the pandemic, the federal government subsidized school districts the past two years to offer all meals at no charge to families. The federal government has removed this allowance for the upcoming school year.
Even as Burnet CISD is facing historic cost inflation in food commodities and supplies, the Administration and Board wanted to make the transition to paid meals as easy as possible for families. Therefore, elementary lunches will continue to be free to all students. Secondary meal prices are being set at 2019 pricing levels with middle school lunches being $2.60 and high school meals being $2.85. As a reminder, Burnet CISD has offered for years free breakfast for all students.
These approved meal prices will likely result in a planned deficit. The Administration will spend next school year analyzing costs and participation to determine if an increase to meal prices in the 2023-2024 school year will be necessary. If costs and other economic factors remain as they are currently, an increase of some amount will likely occur.