CPSB discusses transportation and food services - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

CPSB discusses transportation and food services

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The Calcasieu Parish School Board discussed ways to revise their budget and adjust lunch portions at Tuesday evenings committee meeting.

The committee began the meeting with discussion regarding alternative school transportation.

"If you recall during the budget process we reduced that line item for this year," said Karl Bruchhaus, Chief Financial Officer for Calcasieu Parish Schools.

At the alternative school's population height last year transportation was costing the school board $285,000.

"That was at full implementation when we had the most students there," said Bruchhaus. "And it was requested by several board members that it be brought back up for discussion."

While transportation would cost less money this year with a decline in population, the board decided to not take action after hearing the words of Assistant Principal Susan Meche.

"We now have better communication with the parents, when the parent comes to drop off their child," said Meche. "We are having more cooperation from the students, because we interact with the parents on a routine basis."

While no action was taken on the alternative school transportation, the board passed a motion for the revised budget amount of approximately 260 million dollars.

But another heated issue that could cost the district more money in the future is the cost of adjusting portion sizes for school lunch.

After meeting with cafeteria managers last Thursday, school officials discovered an alternative to increasing portions.

"Many of them felt instead of just increasing portions, they felt the thing we need to do is give students what they want to eat," said Assistant Superintendent Gary Anderson.

Officials discussed the possibly of giving students different options for sides items in an effort to get students to eat more and waste less.

"This gives them the choice of serving things that they will eat," said Anderson. "If they eat a full meal then their not necessarily going to go away hungry."

The food service department will meet with administrative staff in the coming weeks to make a final decision on how they will adjust lunch portion sizes and menu items in the schools.

Copyright 2010 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Warning about snake bites

    Warning about snake bites

    Thursday, March 30 2017 3:39 PM EDT2017-03-30 19:39:51 GMT
    Snakes are on the move across Southwest Louisiana after a warm, wet winter and a springlike pattern now. (Source: KPLC)Snakes are on the move across Southwest Louisiana after a warm, wet winter and a springlike pattern now. (Source: KPLC)

    A warning in this week's What's Going Around: snakes are on the move in Southwest Louisiana. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports a snake bite brought a patient to an area emergency room over the weekend.

    More >>

    A warning in this week's What's Going Around: snakes are on the move in Southwest Louisiana. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports a snake bite brought a patient to an area emergency room over the weekend.

    More >>
  • Clean-up efforts under way in Oakdale

    Clean-up efforts under way in Oakdale

    Thursday, March 30 2017 2:08 PM EDT2017-03-30 18:08:53 GMT
    (Source: KPLC viewer)(Source: KPLC viewer)

    Clean-up efforts are underway after storms rolled through Southwest Louisiana Wednesday night. Most of the damage was done in Oakdale, where a possible tornado partially tore the roof off a motel and a gas station overhang. Click HERE for more. No injuries were reported. A lot of the damage was around the Old Pelican Highway, where trees and power lines were down. The National Weather Storm is expected to visit Oakdale this afternoon to determine whether the damage is from a torna...

    More >>

    Clean-up efforts are underway after storms rolled through Southwest Louisiana Wednesday night. Most of the damage was done in Oakdale, where a possible tornado partially tore the roof off a motel and a gas station overhang. Click HERE for more. No injuries were reported. A lot of the damage was around the Old Pelican Highway, where trees and power lines were down. The National Weather Storm is expected to visit Oakdale this afternoon to determine whether the damage is from a torna...

    More >>
  • Coming up at 6:30 p.m.: Business and Industry Quarterly Report

    Coming up at 6:30 p.m.: Business and Industry Quarterly Report

    Thursday, March 30 2017 1:57 PM EDT2017-03-30 17:57:57 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    We'll be discussing Southwest Louisiana's economy at 6:30 p.m. during a half-hour Business and Industry Quarterly Report. The report will air on 7News KPLC-TV and online at www.kplctv.com and on our 7News mobile app. Tonight's show will include an economist's predictions for the area, industry jobs, casino tourism and expansion, and the housing and rental market. Mobile users, click HERE to watch the show. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved. More >>
    We'll be discussing Southwest Louisiana's economy at 6:30 p.m. during a half-hour Business and Industry Quarterly Report. The report will air on 7News KPLC-TV and online at www.kplctv.com and on our 7News mobile app. Tonight's show will include an economist's predictions for the area, industry jobs, casino tourism and expansion, and the housing and rental market. Mobile users, click HERE to watch the show. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved. More >>
Powered by Frankly