Palmyra students will have options for healthier snacking
|By Chris Sholly, Lebanon Daily News, Pa.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
For breakfast, she said, there are some items on the menu that students won't really notice.
"Now, they have to take a fruit. They can take two fruits, up to a cup," she said.
Breakfast will include grain, fruit and milk products, and there are options for a meat, she said.
The menu will include some smart snacks that will be sold during the school day while the students are in the building.
"It's not foods that are sold during lunch or breakfast," she said.
Such things include popcorn, chips and fruit snacks made with real fruit juice.
Beverages will include water, nonfat milk and 100 percent juice. Melendez said there are some other options for students, such as soy milk or lactose-free milk.
Also at the meeting, parents
"If we would not have moved students out of Lingle going from second to third grade, the average class size at Lingle would be 29 students, whereas at the other schools, you'll see there are 24, 24, and 23," she addressed the board. "To most people, five students doesn't seem like a lot, but it does make a difference."
Last year, 12 students were transferred to other schools, Superintendent
"Across the district on the elementary division, we were tried to maintain consistency and to collaborate so that no matter what school a student has been assigned to, they get the exact same educational experience," said
Brown added that transferring students between buildings is not the ideal situation, "But the realities force us to do these things."
"It's a tough situation," he said. "It's hard to deal with the emotional side (of the decision) for the board. But unless it's grossly unfair, I'm not inclined to make a change."
The board did not make a decision on the parents' request at the meeting.
In other business, buildings and grounds supervisor
Dresch said inspectors assume asbestos was used in certain areas of the building, including the bathroom tiles in the restrooms, because of the age of the building. However, he said, they did not test for asbestos.
Inspectors also found asbestos on a pipe underneath the stage in an area that is not easily accessible. The pipe is no longer used, he added.
"The inspectors said it's in good shape" as is, he said.
Duquette asked whether there is a way to encapsulate the pipe to insure that asbestos fibers could not become airborne. Dresch said he would discuss that with the company.
The inspection report will be placed on the district's website.
The board's next meeting will be
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