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Students at Scott Middle School fill the lunchroom last September. Lincoln Public Schools plans to increase lunch prices by 10 cents for next school year.

Lincoln Public Schools officials want to raise the price of a school lunch by 10 cents next year.

Federal law requires that schools review their lunch prices annually to make sure they comply with federal equity rules designed to ensure federal subsidies for the free- and reduced lunch program aren't used to help support the cost of “paid” lunches.

The federal government does provide some subsidies for “paid” lunches as well, but a much smaller amount.

LPS serves about 27,000 lunches a day. About 45 percent of those are “paid” lunches.

Under the federal rule, schools whose lunch prices don’t comply with the equity rule must increase their lunch prices, but not by more than 10 cents.

The last time LPS raised lunch prices was 2014-15.

Proposed prices for LPS lunches during the next school year:

* Elementary school: $2.45

* Middle school: $2.65

* High school: $2.80

The family of a student who eats lunch at school daily will spend more than $416 on meals in a school year.

The board is expected to approved the increases April 24.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7226 or mreist@journalstar.com.

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Education reporter

Margaret Reist is a Lincoln native, the mom of three high school graduates now navigating college and an education junkie who covers students, teachers and policymakers inside and outside the K-12 classroom.

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