Green Lake students and families fill the school cafeteria for St. Patrick’s Day March 17, with a waiting line spilling out the door. The School Board soon will make a choice whether the district will rejoin the federal school lunch program due to a $30,000 deficit, but it likely will have more time to decide than previously thought, which could enable the schools to track participation rates this spring after hiring a new food service coordinator, Patty Abraham.
Green Lake students and families fill the school cafeteria for St. Patrick’s Day March 17, with a waiting line spilling out the door. The School Board soon will make a choice whether the district will rejoin the federal school lunch program due to a $30,000 deficit, but it likely will have more time to decide than previously thought, which could enable the schools to track participation rates this spring after hiring a new food service coordinator, Patty Abraham.

A snap decision on Green Lake Schools’ food service program may not be imminent after all.

Initially believing the district would have to choose whether to rejoin the federal school lunch program this month, accounts manager Tom Archambo clarified last week Friday over the phone that the School Board may not decide until the summer.

He explained that if the district does re-enter the federal program, it will need to send representatives for training in June.

The board began exploring its options when a $30,000 deficit in the food service program was reported — close to the amount the district had been receiving in federal dollars several years ago.

But now it will have more time to make its choice.

More than two weeks, anyway.

Read the full story in the April 6, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.