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George Neely Providing some clarity regarding an executive chef for Lodi Unified schools

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4 comments:

  • roy bitz posted at 5:02 pm on Sat, Apr 21, 2012.

    roy bitz Posts: 499

    According to the original LNS article, Mr. Sun said " we believe federal money would be available to pay for this position". He asked "why shouldn't we get it and upgrade our program"?
    I find this mindset troubling. The thinking seems to be ----hey there is federal money available--- let's find a way to get it before some other entity does.
    Folks--- the federal bank account is fifteen trillion dollars in the hole and this mindset is digging the hole deeper by competing for "upgrading" an already massive and in my view overfunded program.
    I sincerely hope the board and Mr. Neely will not add more cost to this massive and again---in my opinion--over funded funded program.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 2:05 am on Sat, Apr 21, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ms Bobin stated...Please I find it odd that Mr. Baumbach would propose a title with the word "Tzar" in it given his strident opposition to the presidentially appointed "czars" that have been a tradition in US government since the early 20th century.

    Please leave politics out of this Ms Bobin... I was simply making a point that if we had this position filled, it would be great to give some power to it where real change can take place... I was attempting to be constructive.

    If you want to talk politics, maybe the thread where you identified Kim as a bigot would be more appropriate.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 9:21 am on Fri, Apr 20, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    George Neely provides some excellent and much needed clarification to a topic that was seemingly ill-reported from the start (according to this column).

    Mr. Sun's goal certainly seems to be one that is needed since the LUSD lunch menu hasn't changed very much since my own kids were in elementary school. I remember on occasion they would call me at work and plead not to make them purchase school lunch on the few days we forgot to get their lunch sacks in their back packs. The dreaded "Texas Straw Hat" was perhaps the most offensive - a pile of Fritos topped with greasy chili con carne.

    Mr. Baumbach commented "Maybe the title to the position should be food/nutrition specialist Tzar. A chef normally does not consider what is good for the body but what tastes good.

    I find it odd that Mr. Baumbach would propose a title with the word "Tzar" in it given his strident opposition to the presidentially appointed "czars" that have been a tradition in US government since the early 20th century.

    There are many chefs who focus on good-tasting, nutritious food made from "locally-sourced" ingredients. We certainly don't need a Paula Deen. Perhaps an Alice Waters or Jamie Oliver might better fit the bill.

    The first step - getting the kids to WANT to eat nutritious food. According to Dr. Culler in Wednesday's article, we can't just put a plate of salad ingredients topped with a blob of ranch dressing in front of kids and expect good results.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 11:13 pm on Thu, Apr 19, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Mr Neely stated...That is NOT to say that we should be any less vigilant about ensuring the money is used wisely, but we need to remember that these funds are specifically for producing nutritious and appealing meals for our students. That is where the proposal for the executive chef comes in (I still cringe every time I have to use that title).

    As normal, Mr Neely writes a responsible informative letter that clarifies. My only concern would be how much power would this position hold. If the goal is better nutrition and better tasting food, I would welcome the position and consider it money well spent. However, if pizza and fried food that simply taste better, still ends up on the menu, what is the point?

    It is one thing to hire a person with intellectual knowledge but quite another for this person to implement changes that nutritionally, is in the best interest of the children.

    Maybe the title to the position should be food/nutrition specialist Tzar. A chef normally does not consider what is good for the body but what tastes good.

     

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