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October 13, 2013

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Nutrition coordinator position discussed


MADISON COUNTY — Child nutrition coordinator position discussed

During the “new business” portion of the meeting, board members discussed creating a new position for a child nutrition coordinator.

The coordinator would earn around $29,000 a year and would focus on increasing participation in food service; aligning menus to new federal nutrition standards to increase reimbursement per meal; and would be “out in the schools” working with cafeteria staff, said Superintendent Elmer Thomas.

Aligning school menus could bring in an additional $85,000 in federal reimbursement, he said. The goal for this position is to generate enough savings so that it would pay for itself.

The nutrition coordinator would find ways to make healthier options “more attractive” to students in order to increase participation, he said.

“Healthier-eating students are smarter students,” Thomas said. “We want them to eat and have enough caloric intake to make it through the day and into the afternoon -- we have a lot of kids who participate in after-school activities.”

If the nutrition coordinator did not produce the results anticipated, the position could be reviewed in the future and possibly eliminated, he said.

The board will have further discussion on this position and other position at the Oct. 24 scheduled work session, 6 p.m., at Central Office (550 South Keeneland Drive).

2013 Unbridled Learning results

Chief Academic Officer David Gilliam presented the second-year results of the state’s new assessment and accountability system Unbridled Learning.

The district increased its score to achieve “proficient” status and ranks in the 77th percentile statewide.

The Richmond Register published three articles about the scores when they were released in late September. Visit and type “Unbridled Learning” in the green search bar.

The district also has links to a PowerPoint presentation explaining the results on its website at Click on “District Information” and “Unbridled Learning Assessment Results.”

Crystal Wylie can be reached at or 623-1669, Ext. 6696.


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