With the start of the new school year in Dickson County just three weeks from today, the cost of school meals is going up slightly. At its June meeting, the school board approved increases in lunch and breakfast prices that Director of Schools Dr. Danny Weeks said are necessary to meet the US Department of Agriculture’s subsidy requirements. Under the new cost schedule approved by the board, breakfasts costs will go from $1 to $1.25 for students in all grades, $1.25 to $1.50 for faculty and staff and $1.50 to $1.75 for visitors. Director of School Nutrition Michelle Zirnis said the Dickson County school system has not increased the cost of breakfast in 10 years. As for lunches, the cost for students in grades K-5 goes from $2.25 to $2.35 and grades 6-12 increases from $2.50 to $2.60. Lunch prices for faculty and staff go up from $3 to $3.25 and visitors will pay $3.75, up from $3.50. Weeks said under the USDA’s Paid Lunch Equity formula, the revenue from lunch sales must cover expenses with a subsidy exception for students on free and reduced-price meals. Zirnis said Dickson County school system meal prices are about in the middle when compared to systems across the state. Dickson County schools begin the new year Thursday, Aug. 1.