By Wendy K. Kleinman Modified: June 3, 2008 at 12:13 am •  Published: June 3, 2008
Rising food costs are biting into Oklahoma City Public Schools' finances just as they are striking consumers in grocery stores and restaurants.

As a result, the price of school meals in the district will increase over the next three years, a measure the board approved Monday night.

The cost of food to the district jumped higher in April than it has since 1980, said Steve Gallagher, director of child nutrition services..

The district spent $7 million on food this year, including $200,000 more on milk in the 2007 fiscal year than the year before, he said.

What's the increase?
Elementary school meals will rise 20 cents each year for the next three years, and secondary and adult meals will rise 25 cents each year.

The district is projected to remain below regional averages after the price increases.

Other developments
•Separate votes approved a charter school contract for the new Dove Science Academy Elementary and a contract renewing operations for Belle Isle Enterprise Middle School.

•The board passed a measure expanding an alternative education program for at-risk high school students in conjunction with Metro Technology Centers, bringing capacity from 84 to 160.

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