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Beatrice Public School buses sit outside Mid States School Bus Inc. at 415 Industrial Row in this file photo. 

Beatrice Public School families will see a rise in food and paid-to-ride transportation prices for the upcoming school year.

Assistant Superintendent Jackie Nielsen said a Paid Lunch Equity tool was used to determine a meal price that would cover the cost of free and reduced meals, which roughly 51 percent of BPS K-12 students currently qualify for.

The cost for breakfast and lunch will increase by five cents excluding milk costs, which will remain at 50 cents.

The district also has a three percent increase in transportation costs through its bid with Mid States.

A four dollar increase was made to paid-to-ride transportation to help cover the cost.

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This makes paid-to-ride for the entire school year cost $130. The cost is then decreases $12 every two months starting in October.

Nielsen said paid-to-ride prices usually increase two dollars every year.

The four dollar increase will continue through for two years until 2021-22 school year, which is when the Mid States agreement ends and transportation will go out to bid.

“Then we can adjust it at that point in time with the new bid,” Nielsen said.

The first day of school for kindergarten through ninth grade is Tuesday, Aug. 13.


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