The lunch payment system at BSGE has changed greatly over the past few years. During the 2010-2011 school year, school lunch was free for everybody, no matter what income level. However, before the 2011-2012 year started, BSGE lost its qualification as a free-lunch school. That meant that students had to pay money to get school lunch. Students are now separated into three income brackets, each with its own price. Students with the highest income had to pay $1.50 per meal. Students in the middle-income bracket only had to pay $0.25, as they qualified for reduced-price meals. Students in the lowest bracket were still able to receive free lunch. People paid for lunch by swiping their student ID, which drained money from an online account of their lunch payments.
However, this year, the 2012-2013 school year, has yet another payment system. Lunch prices are the same as last year, but students pay with lunch tickets. Lunch tickets look like raffle tickets, and are color-coded depending on how much they cost. Green lunch tickets are free, yellow ones are reduced-price, and blue ones are full price. At the end of each month, lunch tickets for the next month go on sale. A student that wishes to get lunch tickets would go up to Virge and give him a check or money order for the amount that that month’s lunch tickets would cost for him or her. Once the student has the lunch tickets, he or she can hand one in every time the student gets a lunch. Students that always bring lunch from home are encouraged to buy a few tickets anyway so that, should he or she forget their lunch, they would be able to buy lunch anyway.