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Guidelines force cafeteria changes
WILLIAM J. GIBBS JR./Reprints at wilsoncountynews.com
Deputy Superintendent Ken Barber of the Floresville Independent School District (from left) addresses trustees Freddy Carrillo, Tom Ray, John Raabe, and Ryan Bippert during the board’s Feb. 27 meeting. Board member Doug Shoemaker also was present for the meeting.
FLORESVILLE -- New regulations recently approved by the Texas Department of Agriculture will mean changes to the way the Floresville Independent School District (ISD) feeds its students.
At their Feb. 27 board meeting, Tom Ray, Freddy Carrillo, Ryan Bippert, John Raabe, and Doug Shoemaker voted to solicit requests for proposals for the district’s food service, following a recommendation from Deputy Superintendent Ken Barber. The agriculture department’s regulations are based on new U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, which call for “food-based” menus, as opposed to the previous “nutrient-based” system. The district’s contract with food-service provider Sodexo includes menus based on the previous system.
Barber said lunch menu changes will take effect at the beginning of the 2012-13 school year, with breakfast menus being changed the following year. Therefore, he said, it is best for the district to get new contracts for both services now so the process will not have to be repeated next year. The new contract would need to be in place by the end of June.
Also during the meeting, the board voted to approve a general legal services agreement with Fort Worth-based Brackett & Ellis, following the recommendation of Superintendent Jerry Lee Hunkapiller. He said the firm would not be replacing the district’s longstanding relationship with Walsh Anderson, but that it would be on hand to help the district with special education-related legal issues.
Hunkapiller said Brackett & Ellis only will bill the district when it utilizes the firm’s services and that fees will not exceed $250 per hour.
In other action, the board approved the addition of two new high school courses for the 2012-13 school year:
•Graphic Design and Illustration will be the new title for Yearbook I and II, said Floresville High School Principal Sandra Galinzoga, per a state-mandated change.
•Theater Design and Production, which will be taught by Tiffany Polasek, will be offered to students who have completed both Theater I and II.
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