Nearly a dozen concerned parents showed up at Monday's Tucker County Board of Education meeting to ask why certain foods are not allowed to be sold at school fundraisers.
Susan Miller, mother of a Tucker County student, spoke for those parents who were present. She addressed the disparity between county school officials allowing the sale of food items at sporting events but disallowing food being sold in fundraisers.
"Why are our school's hands being tied?" Miller asked the board.
She was not clear about which food items were being turned down, mentioning only that it was unfair to allow concessions when fundraisers were being halted.
Miller said she spoke to state officials, who told her food can be sold on school premises after the last bus leaves for the day, and off school premises at any time.
"If you support one program, support them all," Miller said. "Do not require more from our schools than the state does."
She asked for the issue to be discussed at the next board meeting.
"I can put it on the Nov. 5 agenda as an item for discussion," said Dr. Eddie Campbell, superintendent of Tucker County schools. There was no further discussion of the issue during the meeting.
Following the meeting, Campbell told The Inter-Mountain that he is in charge of approving all school fundraising requests.
Campbell said he has turned down those requests that contain food items that do not meet the nutritional guidelines followed at Davis Thomas Elementary/Middle, Tucker Valley Elementary/Middle and Tucker County High schools.
Campbell mentioned that allowing food items at fundraisers can cause problems when seeking state grants. Some grants are intended for use in upgrading facilities and improving the nutritional choices for students, he said. As such, a school's endorsement of food items that don't follow nutritional guidelines can be a black mark on a grant application, he said.
Campbell made it clear that the state does not prohibit the sale of food items at fundraisers.
He also said turning down fundraisers for nutrition reasons is not school or board policy, it is only his personal policy.
The superintendent said he simply believes promoting good nutrition is in the best interest of the students.
In other news, several personnel recommendations were approved at the meeting:
- Amy Moore is the new technology integration specialist county-wide itinerant. She will be working primarily at Tucker Valley Elementary Middle School and will begin working in the fall semester of the 2013-2014 school year.
- Mark Burns has been hired as the new bus operator for bus No. 14A.
- Nicole McClung is the new substitute secretary for the county.
- Craig Hyre, Greg Hyre and Matt Poling will now be working as substitute bus operators for the county.
-Charles Lantz has been hired as the new county substitute maintenance person.
- Eric Wamsley is the new boys' basketball coach at Tucker Valley Elementary/Middle School.
All positions listed above are for the 2012-2013 school year unless stated otherwise.
The next board meeting will be on Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. in the Tucker County Board Office.