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Monday, October 22, 2012

Hamilton School Board to talk food, finances and forensic audit

The Hamilton Township Board of Education will wade into the fiscal weeds again tonight.

They'll go over, and likely pass, a refinancing of the districts bonds that could save millions for the district, as well as discuss a forensic audit -- a proposal put forward last month by Board Member Stephanie Pratico.

A truly thorny issue for the board though will be discussion of a new food policy. Last week, with a room of mostly meeting regulars, the public brought out their concerns with moving all food-related celebrations to cafeterias or multi-purpose rooms in the district.

Michael Gilbert, the district's director of curriculum and instruction, said the policy would allow the teachers to separate students with food allergies that isn't possible in the classroom setting.

That would apply to cultural celebrations, parties and snacks such as those brought in by the district PTAs. Parla said the discussion at last week's meeting had mostly focused on what food parents brought in for their own children.

He said the policy, in essence, applies to food brought in by students or families for other students to eat. Expect some serious discussion (possibly hyperbolic) from members of the public tonight.

Aside from discussion of the food, Parla has a much larger vision on his plate for this meeting. He'll go over a strategic initiative for the whole district, one he brought up when talking about the district's slipping test scores.

You'll be able to find more here or on @awisefool tonight.


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