by Jason Salas
During Saturday's Education Summit, feedback was gathered from the hundreds of stakeholders in attendance at Okkodo High School in Dededo for a major decision the Department of Education has to make regarding school lunches. Ike Santos probed the crowd of faculty, administrators and his fellow program coordinators about their thoughts on increasing the price for school lunches.
This is a key component of consultant Evergreen Solutions' recommendation to the Government of Guam to save the cash-strapped DOE more than $156 million over the next five years. Explained Santos, "We're looking at increasing, as recommended by the Evergreen Solutions audit firm, the cost per meal from $0.75 to $1.50. It's a phased process for the next four years. We're not going to say, 'Parents, you have to pay $3.50 per meal'. That's not the case. We're looking at increasing it by $0.75, and then every year thereafter for the next four years by $0.50."
It's been almost three decades since the last time the price for public school meals were increased. The feedback will be forwarded to the Guam Education Policy Board.