Oconee School District administration recommends raising student breakfast and lunch prices for the next year. But, if the trustees are looking for an out, there’s one available. Recommended are five-cent a meal increases for student breakfasts, for elementary lunches, and secondary school lunches. Currently, prices are $1.20 for breakfast, $1.85 for elementary lunch, and $2.05 for secondary lunch. In advance of their work session Monday, trustees are being told: “The USDA requirements mandate that school lunch prices be increased until the price for a full pay meal equals the amount that the USDA reimburses for a ‘free’ meal. There is one exception to that rule this year. If a district has a minimum of three months operating expenses in the food service fund balance, it may choose to keep the prices the same. According to the calculation, the SDOC must go up a minimum of $0.05 for the 13-14 school year, but we do qualify for the exception.” Adult prices are set by the state and are usually announced in the summer.