Breakfast will be served in Juab School District lunchrooms after Jan. 1 if principals, school staffs and teachers do not oppose the program.
The board gave Nannette Barrett, district child nutrition supervisor, approval to begin the preliminary work necessary to implement the plan in the schools in January."A high percentage of mothers find it necessary to work. As a result many children are on their own for breakfast," said Barrett.
In addition, Barrett said, approximately half the district's families qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. Because of the combination of situations, she said, many children are beginning school in the morning hungry. "Children are able to concentrate better when they eat breakfast," she said.
"At the elementary we sometimes will have teachers bring students into the lunchroom and say, "Do you have something you can feed this kid or a snack?' because the child is too hungry to learn," said Barrett.
"We currently sell a la carte items at the high school in the mornings and at noon," said Barrett. Each morning about 75 students buy items - usually cookies and juice.
Barrett said the breakfast program would allow better use of employees, as well. "We plan to operate this program without an increase in labor," she said. "This will enable us to spread our expenses over a broader base."
"The school lunch program is operated as a self-supporting business. In years past, the program was able to build up a reserve, but with the increases in food costs, transportation of food, wages and insurance premiums, we have come to the point where we are forced to draw on those reserves," said Barrett.
In order to continue the service, the district must look for other sources of income, she said.
In 1989 the summer foods program was started. "We feel this has been a service to the community. In addition, we have been able to earn funds for our lunch program," said Barrett. The program is federally funded.
In some districts, said Barrett, private enterprise has moved in to take over the lunch program. She said the quality of food often has gone down in these cases, along with student participation.
"We have a good program," she said. However, in order to keep the quality, the revenue from the program needs to increase."
Lunch prices went up slightly this year.
"I visited Nebo School District," said Barrett. The program there is effective, she said. "The school I visited served 65 students."
A complete breakfast is served, she said. Such things as toast, French toast, waffles, fruit, eggs, cutie pies, juice and milk are served.
The breakfast will probably cost 75 cents per student, and district computers will be able to keep track of whether the student is paying for breakfast or lunch.