School District 7 holds successful meal program despite smoky conditions
Grants Pass School District No. 7 Food Service Supervisor Robin Stromberg addressed the districtís board during their Tuesday meeting about the success of the Summer Meal Program despite the dramatic effect smoky conditions had on attendance during the month of August.
During the summer of 2012 the district gained a net profit of approximately $27,000 compared to $18,000 this year. The number of total meals served dropped from 21,004 in 2012 to 17,534 in 2013 and data supplied by Stromberg indicates an average of 451 meals were supplied per day but that number dropped dramatically during several smoky weeks in August to 273 a day. Two days scheduled in August also had to be canceled because of the air quality.
Other data indicates the program managed to cut costs this year including nearly $6,000 in supply expenses.
Stromberg added that the program was a great success once again this year despite the conditions and the districtís connection with the City of Grants Pass Parks Department has been strengthened over the summer.
The board also decided unanimously to not endorse any local levies as an entity but individual board members may support issues on the November ballot.
Lastly, the board voted to allow the district to seek an annual solid waste grant request to Josephine County to the amount of roughly $5,000 to $7,500 to continue the removal of asbestos from South Middle School.