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USC talks health

By Staff | Jun 23, 2013

When you were a kid, your birthday was awesome because you got to bring cupcakes for the whole class. A relatively new push for healthy eating has that treat and other snack times under scrutiny.

The United South Central Elementary School officials are considering a healthier snack option for the kids who attend their school.

Principal Tracy Frank spoke with the USC School Board during Tuesday’s meeting.

Frank recently attended a Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) meeting to discuss health in the classrooms.

“We have decided not to have any birthday treats,”?says Frank.

She goes on to say that other schools are charging parents $45 or so to allow the teachers or other school staff to buy the snacks for the classroom so the responsibility does not fall on the parents to provide snacks on a rotating basis for the classroom.

This will also ensure the snacks are healthier options.

“Some grades bring a snack and share it with the entire class, some just have them bring their own snack,” explains Frank. “But we’re seeing they are not healthy snacks coming and going even though we make recommendations.”

The next step is to speak with parents and see how they feel about the $45 “fee.”

In other business;

The board accepted a donations to the district in the amount of $5,530;

School Board meeting times will change slightly. During the months of June, July and August, the meetings will begin at 7 p.m. and the other months will hold the same 5:30 p.m. meeting time, with the exception of the Truth in Taxation hearing in December which begins at 6:01 p.m.;

A preliminary budget for the 2013-14 school year was adopted by the board;

A special School Board meeting will be held on July 10 at 7 p.m. to review the strategic plan and to establish district goals for 2013-14;

The board approved an agreement with the Faribault County Adult Basic Education Consortium; and

Construction for the new school building has been delayed by about one week due to the weather.