The House of Representatives dealt a blow to childhood obesity warriors on Thursday by passing a bill that abandons proposals that threatened to end the reign of pizza and French fries on federally funded school lunch menus.
The scuttled changes, which would have stripped pizza's status as a vegetable and limited how often French fries could be served, stemmed from a 2010 child nutrition law calling on schools to improve the nutritional quality of lunches served to almost 32 million U.S. school children.
Who got this pushed through? Why our friends in the AFFI (American Frozen Food Institute) with members like ConAgra, Heinz, General Mills and Kraft.
The USDA wanted at least one-half cup of tomato paste on a pizza to qualify as a vegetable serving instead of the current two tablespoons.
Even Italians wouldn't call pizza a vegetable. Boo to Congress.
Heard back from one person who went to the last Board/PTSA meeting on superintendent qualities/traits. This seems to have been a different meeting in the south end than the north-end ones.
The consensus there (about 95%) was FOR a national search. Carr and McGuire got called on their lament about time and cost by one attendee who said it was as if they were trying to dissuade people instead of just giving them the facts. The point was made that the district, in early 2011, had an extra $110k for Strategies 360 to do communications work. If we have that kind of extra money, we have it for a superintendent search.
So whether or not they do a search, money can't be the issue. (In fact, if it is, I'LL raise the money for it.)
I attended the BEX Oversight Committee meeting this morning at Ingraham High School. The new addition is coming along and looks very nice (if somewhat stark). It is better but the school still has a piecemeal look to it (given that all Ingraham has ever received is piecemeal work). Move-in for the new addition will be MLK, Jr. weekend so the students will come back use a new part of their school.
Capital Updates from the meeting:
- it seems that they have one(!) heat source for both Denny and Chief Sealth. As I wrote in my notes, "Was that a good idea?" It seems there are some complaints from teachers about the heat as well as the dawning realization that Sealth didn't get all-new equipment and so some of the old equipment is working as it always has.
- Garfield's final acceptance of work has been decoupled from the lawsuits by contractors against the district. There seems to be no end in sight for the lawsuits.
- The district's lawsuit with the contractors over the floor at South Shore K-8 also has no resolution in sight yet either.
- They received a dozen applications for four spaces on the Committee. They hope to make a selection (this is the Board's work) by early December. Kay Smith-Blum said they were really pleased with the quality of the applicants.
- There was also mention of capacity management and that the district doesn't want "to publicly catch up again." No kidding.
- The district also hired another "Senior project manager" for capital programs with an eye to ending the use of the ESD help that they have been contracting for over the last year. They also discussed hiring a "planner" (versus a demographer) to help with capacity management and BEX IV.