WASHINGTON — Breakfast prices are inching up at Washington Community High School.
High school officials say rising food costs are one reason. Another reason is the state's new minimum wage law.
The price for a student breakfast at the high school will rise from $1.60 to $1.70 in the 2020-21 school year. The price for an adult breakfast will rise from $2 to $2.10.
Lunch prices will remain the same -- $3 for a student and $3.50 for an adult.
The state's minimum wage rose Jan. 1 from $8.25 to $9.25 per hour. The minimum wage will rise again to $10 per hour July 1 and increase $1 per hour each Jan. 1 until it reaches $15 per hour in 2025.
The required minimum wage hikes impact some cafeteria workers at the high school.
Assistant Superintendent Joe Sander said the starting wage for new and substitute cafeteria workers was boosted from $9.03 to $9.25 hour Jan. 1 and for the 2020-21 school year, it will be $10 per hour.
"After that, the starting wage will rise incrementally each year to meet the minimum wage requirements." Sander said.
High school records show breakfast prices were $1.40 for a student and an adult from the 2015-16 through 2018-19 school years and rose to $1.60 and $2, respectively, this school year.
Lunch price for a student has risen from $2 in the 2010-11 school year to $3 starting in the 2017-18 school year. For an adult, the lunch price has risen from $2.30 in the 2010-11 school year to $3.50 starting in the 2017-18 school year.
"Even with the increases through the years, those prices are still a very good deal," Sander said.
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