TAMPA — The Hillsborough School Board voted Tuesday to increase school lunch prices by 50 cents for all grade levels, and to make it crystal clear that job applicants must report their criminal histories after a recent spate of teacher sex scandals.
Beginning in August, lunch will cost $2.25 in elementary schools and $2.75 in middle and high schools. After the increase, families will pay an extra $91 per child over the 182-day year.
In a 5-2 vote, board members said it bothered them to hike meal prices amid tough economic times, but the program faces rising prices for staples like milk and bread.
Breakfast remains free to all students.
The board also made sure job applicants will know that if they have a criminal history, they must report it, even if charges were dropped and records sealed.
Two of the teachers involved in recent sex scandals had prior records. One was hired even though she omitted her arrest record on her application.