School Lunch Debate

By: Candace White
By: Candace White

There is still no decision on the issue of whether students should be allowed to leave school campuses during their lunch period, but there is more progress made on the issue.

The Bay District School Board held a special workshop to discuss whether to keep students on campus Tuesday night. This issue has been a big topic after Emily Tuthill was killed last year in a car crash while coming back to school after trying to grab lunch.

Several friends and family members spoke at the workshop, urging the board to make a new policy. Right now six Bay District Schools have open policies where juniors and seniors can leave for lunch. Even though this was a productive workshop, board members still need more information before making a decision.

Thelma Rohan of the Bay District School Board
"I thought we were gonna get the data on the number of tardies after lunch period, the number of discipline referrals after lunch, the true impact of what happens to our kids."

Don Arias, a concerned parent, said, "We have to ensure the safety of our children when they're in school, so I think we made a little progress tonight."

Board member Rohan says she doesn't anticipate a decision to be made this school year, especially since she's been trying to get campuses closed for eight years.

Rohan says if campuses were to close this year and the schools had to supply all the students with lunch, there would be problems. Right now the cafeterias cannot hold all the students at one time. A lot of additions in staff and equipment would be needed, and after cutting one mill out of their two mill money Rohan says the district can't afford those additions.

Superintendent James MacCallister will set another date to bring up this topic.

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