Written by The Herald-News Friday, 16 September 2011 16:51
With three school-less Fridays under their belts since the start of the school year, some Wolf Point parents are asking “where’s the beef” regarding promised backpack lunches for students.
During discussions of implementing a four-day school week last school year, school officials said they would provide meals to students to take home with them for Friday lunches since the schools would not be preparing meals on Fridays.
“We’d like to provide food, just basically what we’re normally doing now,” high school principal Joe Paine told the school board in February.
Paine said at the time that adopting a four-day week would help reduce overall meal costs since a mass quantity of meals would not have to be prepared for students at all three school campuses on Fridays.
“We average about $1,400 a day that the district pays out in lunches. We could save about $28,000 a school year in food costs,” Paine told the school board in February in support of adopting a four-day school week.
Paine said last school year the school district was serving 810 lunches a day, many of those being free and reduced-price lunches.
He said grant money could be used to provide Friday backpack meals for students.
But as of last week, Wolf Point students had not been provided backpack lunches to take home with them on Thursdays.
Asked about the status of the take-home lunch program last week, co-superintendent Eileen Karge said she had no comment.
“If somebody wants to know, they can call and ask us,” she said.
Paine, now the other co-superintendent as well as high school principal, did not return a telephone call regarding the lunch issue.
While normal classes will not be held on Fridays this school year, the school district’s first “Enrichment Friday” is Sept. 16.
Additional “Enrichment Fridays” for tutoring and other after-school activities are scheduled in 2011 on Sept. 23 and 30; Oct. 7, 14 and 28; Nov. 18; and Dec. 2, 9 and 16.