Breakfast ended to cut costs
To reduce costs, the district recently announced it would be ending the breakfast program for elementary students.
Franchini said the state Education Department suggested several years ago that the district do away with the program for its youngest students because attendance was low. In an effort to keep the program, the district attempted to increase student participation, but because of the new regulations opted to end the program to save money.
Kehoe said the district would save about $30,000 a year by not purchasing breakfast items and cutting back hours for some staff. Franchini said an average of three students per school per day eat breakfast at school, and he believed the later start time of 9 a.m. for elementary schools was a contributing factor.
“By that time most parents have already fed their children,” he said. “They’re not going to wait that long and let them starve.”
Breakfast programs will continue as normal at the middle and high schools.
To further balance the budget instead of raising prices, food services will close the last lunch line 15 minutes early, reduce all staff by 30 minutes a day and increase sales at the high school coffee shop and a la carte lines.
Franchini said a new plan also calls for turning the snack bar at the high school into the Eagle Deli. This line would act similar to a sandwich shop, where students would get to create their own subs for the same price as a school lunch. The department may also apply some resources later in the day for the “after school crowd.”
The changes to the district’s food services will be discussed at the school board meeting held on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m. at the High School Library Media Center.