Even so, the program is not expected to break even, but the subsidy paid from the general fund would be halved to $50,000.
Raising prices to break even would mean a lunch price of around $5, said Tebbano.
"I think we would probably price the program right out of existence," he said.
Board President Jim Dering said even the new prices should not present a burden for most"and pointed out eating a school lunch is an option, not a requirement.
"For people to be able to get something at below cost is a pretty good deal," he said.
Board member Matt Downey dissented on the vote.
Also, the board withdrew a motion to put to voter referendum a proposal to increase the walking distance from the Middle School from 0.5 miles to 1 mile at a savings of $10,600. An identical proposal for the High School walking distance will go to voters.
The vote to put forward the High School referendum was split 4-3, with Dering, Diana Giacone Stever and Lynne Lenhardt dissenting.
Voters will go to the polls May 18 to vote on the budget and referendums.
For more on the BC budget, read the March 31 edition of The Spotlight.