Lots to blog about with articles coming in fast about the teacher contract.
But first, this pause for some GOOD news about our district.
At the Board meeting on Wednesday night, the new director of Nutrition Services was introduced. His name is Eric Boutin and comes to us by way of the Auburn School District. What he said had me floored and then, very happy.
Mr. Boutin is on a mission to provide Seattle Public Schools children better food AND as much of it coming locally (Washington State) as possible. Basically, it's more decent fruit and vegetables.
First up is taking a hard look at breakfast. He will be running a high school promotion to get more students (not just free and reduced lunch) to eat breakfast. It turns out (and no surprise to parents of teens including Director Carr who said it was a problem at her house) that teens don't always eat breakfast. We all know what happens with any hungry kid, lack of attention and focus.
He is creating a $1 breakfast at the high schools. He didn't completely flesh out what it would be but likely fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, etc. A dollar (I'm not sure you can get that at McDonalds with a drink).
He is going to pilot this for 70 days in the high schools and see what the response is. He did tell the Board about the money they will lose from the reduced price (but hey, it's less than the retirement party cost) but feels it is worth the effort.
All the Board members were very impressed. Harium asked about how to get local food and Mr. Boutin said that they had been able to get watermelons from Eastern Washington and locally grown cucumbers for the RBHS school kick-off event held last week. Sherry said this had been reviewed in the Audit and Finance committee. Mr. Boutin said they had doubled the number of students using the cafeteria in Auburn. Peter said he was pleased to see that Mr. Boutin had come in with specific goals and a timeline (something he said that he wished all staff would do). Kay said that she loved the idea and that Portland schools has been doing something like this and maybe Mr. Boutin could contact them about their program.
BUT Mr. Boutin is going to need parent support.
So please, if you see something in the first day packets about the program, please encourage your teen to check it out. If it is a success, they could probably move on to all schools. Let the Board know you support this idea. Now that we have someone who is willing to implement it, let's support Mr. Boutin and his plan and get better, fresher food into our cafeterias.