Budget, millage adopted by school board

Published: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 09:00 PM.

On the consent agenda, the board approved all items except the Universal Free Breakfast program. The board unanimously voted “no” for that program.

According to Food Research and Action Center information, The School Breakfast Program (SBP), authorized by the Child Nutrition Act of 1966, started as a pilot program to provide funding for school breakfasts in poor areas and areas where children had to travel great distances to school. The intent was to provide a nutritious breakfast to children who might otherwise not receive one.

According to the internet, the following Florida districts participate in the Universal Free Breakfast Program: Franklin, Brevard, Collier, Dade, Gadsden, Glades, Hendry,

Hillsborough, Jackson, Jefferson, Putnam, Highlands, and Lee.

Board Member Vann Brock called the item out for discussion, and Superintendent Cook forwarded the program to the board “as presented.”

Brock said the board had discussed the program before. “The cost compared to the rewards just makes the program not feasible,” he said.

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