BENICIA — Students at the Benicia Unified School District will see higher lunch prices when classes resume this fall.
The Benicia school board unanimously approved a 50-cent increase on Thursday night, citing a need to plug a $90,000 operating deficit for its food service program.
The increase is a necessity in order for the district’s food and nutrition services department to run in the black, Superintendent Janice Adams said.
However, the increase is only expected to raise about $60,000, said Bruce Hall, director of food and nutrition services. The remaining $30,000 deficit will be addressed through other means recommended to the board at a later time, Adams added.