Wellsboro school board hears about new menu items

WELLSBORO – Students in the Wellsboro Area School District will have some new menu items to try out this year, thanks to a new program being introduced by Nutrition Inc., which runs the food service for the district.

Nutrition group representatives Mary Kay Bukeaveich, regional manager, and Katrina Doud, onsite service director, gave a brief update on plans for the school year.

Last year “Wellness Wednesday” was introduced at the elementary schools and will continue this year.

Students will sample different fresh vegetables, Bukeaveich said.

“Our chefs have come up with recipes and students will get to try some different things they might not have a chance to try other places, such as tomato broccoli salad and chicken white bean salad,” she added.

“We will bring some of those back but will introduce some new things too,” she said.

This year Nutrition Inc. is inviting the secondary school students to participate in a new program called “Taking Nutrition Global.”

“The idea is to get students introduced to different cultures and the healthy foods they eat so, once a month, we will be introducing new foods to the students and sample new items from different countries,” she said.

The program begins in October when strawberry cabbage salad from Germany will be introduced and then in November it will be maple baked beans.

“We are excited to start and think it will give the students introduction to foods they may not get otherwise,” she said.

More fresh, locally grown vegetables are part of a new concept called “Farm to Fork,” she added. “Our goal is to get more Pennsylvania preferred produce into the schools. We will introduce locally grown produce into the schools several times this school year.”

In other business, the board:

Heard from Superintendent Chris Morral that the first day of school went very well, and this year’s first day enrollment for the district was 1,499, down slightly from last year’s total of 1,506.

Heard there will be a special community presentation in the auditorium Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. from “Rachel’s Challenge” an anti-bullying program started by the family of Rachel Scott, the first student killed at the Columbine school shootings in 1999.

Heard that this year students will be participating in the Pennsylvania Youth Survey, an anonymous survey on what students know about drug and alcohol abuse, to assist the county in developing prevention programs.

Approved hiring Bruce Vickery to represent the district in an impending legal matter.