High schools counter budget problem with `super lunch' option

June 09, 1999|By Melody Simmons | Melody Simmons,SUN STAFF

In Carroll's high school cafeterias next year, hungry students can just say "super size."

The Carroll County school board approved yesterday a plan that will give students the option to transform the routine $1.65 lunch tray into a $2.15 "super lunch" with enticements such as more french fries, a larger burger and extra chicken tenders.

The plan is aimed at helping offset a projected $9,437 loss in the system's food service budget, despite a 10-cent increase during the past year in the price of regular lunches.

Kathleen Sanner, director of school support services, who oversees school cafeterias, said, "The idea marries the fact that these are teens with larger appetites and these are items with higher costs."

The super-size lunch has been popular in the 10 high schools in Howard County, where one-third of the students pay $2.35 for the larger lunch daily, said Mary Klatko, a Howard County Board of Education food-service official. She initiated the program a decade ago after she noticed that some hungry students were buying two regular lunches, which cost $1.60 each.

In Montgomery County, $2.20 super lunches are sold every Tuesday and Thursday along with the $1.60 regular lunches in the 58 secondary schools, said Kathleen Lazor, head of the school system's food and nutritional services.

Pub Date: 6/09/99

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