JEROMESVILLE — Lunch prices are going up in the near future at Hillsdale Local Schools. 

The board of education unanimously approved new prices for the 2023-2024 school year at its meeting Tuesday night. 

Current prices are as follows, according to Hillsdale’s website

  • Breakfast — $1.25
  • Lunch — $2.50
  • Adult lunch — $4
  • A la carte — individually priced
  • Milk only — 75 cents

The new prices approved by the board bumped up prices for everything except adult lunch and extra milk.

For students in pre-K through sixth grade, breakfast will cost $1.50. Seventh through 12th graders saw a bigger bump, with breakfast costs increasing to $1.75. 

Lunch prices also increased. Kindergartners through sixth graders will have to pay $2.75 for lunch, while for students in grades seven through 12, the price increased to $3. 

Under the new prices the board approved, a la carte is listed at a cost of $2.50. Milk and adult lunch prices remain at their old rates. 

Cathy Trevathan, the Hillsdale superintendent, said the new rates put Hillsdale more in line with surrounding districts.

The new rates won’t go into effect immediately, Trevathan said. The district plans to communicate details about the price increases to parents before raising them suddenly on students.

Other business

The board also approved a consulting agreement between the district and former Hillsdale superintendent Steve Dickerson. Dickerson served as superintendent at Hillsdale for ten years and stepped down at the end of July. 

Trevathan told Ashland Source this type of consulting agreement is pretty typical. It’s a way to ensure a smooth transition between the old superintendent and the new one. 

She also said Dickerson knows a lot of information about the new facility project, and will be able to continue sitting in on construction meetings as a consultant. 

The board unanimously approved META Solutions to advertise and receive bids on a Micro Purpose Van, and the job description for an IT specialist for the district. Trevathan said there’s been interest in that position already.

What’s next?

The board of education wrapped the meeting by entering an executive session at 7:50 p.m. That session was called “for the purpose of employment, safety, security and matters required to be kept confidential by federal law or state statutes,” the agenda stated.

Hillsdale Local Schools’ next board of education meeting takes place Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.

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