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Carrollton cafeteria director: “I think we are headed in the right direction”

By Carol McIntire

Phil Rutledge retirement
Carrollton schools Director of TransportationPhil Rutledge is retiring Dec. 31 after 31 years with the district.

Carrollton School Cafeteria Director Barb Burns was all smiles as she presented an update on the food service program to board of education members last week.

Burns, who was hired last summer to breathe new life into a program that had very little participation from students, has been using a new menu and creative thinking to lure students back to the lunch line. It is working, but she cautioned there is still much work to do.

“I think we are heading in the right direction,” she said. “However, there is lot more work to do.”

Using a chart, she compared participation rates for breakfast and lunch meals at Augusta, Dellroy, Carrollton Elementary, Bell-Herron Middle School and Carrollton High School from May 2013 with November 2013. The largest increase was seen at Carrollton High School, which had an increase of 2,198 meals. She said increasing breakfast meals at the high school has been a goal, since it traditionally had the lowest participation rates for breakfast meals. Using funds from a $1,500 Breakfast Promotion Grant, she changed the menu, surveyed students, provided samples to students in classrooms, and initiated Breakfast Café Club that will kick off in January. The number of breakfast meals served in November 2013 increased to 1,455 from 733 in May.

Burns has also received a $5,000 Ashton Foundation Grant and retrieved $40,000 from the Commodity Food Program for the district.

In other business, the board:
-HEARD a report on the 2012 Youth Risk Behavior Assessment from Dr. Robert Miller, who is on the Family and Children First Council and heads up a task force established to address the top issues.

Miller said the top three issues identified by students in Carroll County schools are bullying, suicide and alcohol and drug use. “The Task Force is looking at programs for intervention and prevention for these top three issues and is asking the school district for its participation,” he said.

Ed Robinson, director of programs for Carrollton Schools, said the district is working along the same lines with a program they are calling “Positive Behavior.”

-AGREED to consider a 100 percent tobacco free policy for the school district at the request of Amy Campbell from the Carroll County Health Department.

-RECOGNIZED outgoing Board Member Helen Skinner, who did not seek re-election to her position and Phillip Rutledge, who is retiring Dec. 31 as Director of Transportation after 31 years.

-TABLED a request for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act for teacher Tara Marteney and granted an unpaid leave of absence for Paula Puch, speech therapist for Feb. 13 and 14.

-SET the annual budget hearing Jan. 14 at 5:45 in the Fine Arts Multi-Purpose Room at the high school.

-APPROVED membership in the Ohio School Boards Association Legal Assistance Fund for calendar year 2014 at a cost of $250.

-ISSUED high school diplomas to Dallas William Bake, Laszio Zolton Marsi and Brandon Kyle Anderson.

-APPROVED the district strategic plan for 2014-2018.

-ACCEPTED the resignation of Larry Cogan as boys varsity track head coach.

-APPOINTED the following substitutes for the 2013-2014 fiscal year: David Bauman, Jason Corder, Cynthia Foster and Lucinda Hilliard, all classified employees.

-APPROVED bills totaling $797,518.77 and payroll of $631,778.45.

-RECOGNIZED Augusta elementary, its principal and staff for being named a High Progress School of Honor based on criteria set forth by the state. Only 37 schools in the state received the honor.

-MET in executive session to discuss personnel with no action.   

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