School District Delays Release of Report on School Lunch Fiasco (Salt Lake Tribune)

  Parents rebuked Salt Lake City school board members Tuesday night, accusing them of “bullying” anyone who seeks answers as to why the district dumped dozens of kids’ lunches in January. “You have no desire to give us the truth,” parent Erica Lukes told board members, who delayed plans to release investigative reports into the policies and actions that led a cafeteria worker to throw out the lunches of students with unpaid debts, after the students had been … Continue reading

School Bus – Manufacturing Defect?

  As a member of the Salt Lake City School Board, I want to say that I am so sorry to hear about the incident that occurred on the Emerson Elementary school bus two days ago. I want to extend my apologies for the district’s reaction and inaction following the incident. I also find it hard to believe that the district spokesman says that the injuries sustained by the students “injuries are not to severe”. … Continue reading

Clara: Salt Lake City Minority Parents Left Out of Principal Selection (Tribune)

As the Salt Lake City School District hired new principals this spring, it wrongly excluded minority parents from the process, a district board member alleges in a complaint to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. It’s an allegation district leaders have refuted, saying no policies were violated. Michael Clara, a member of the school board, sent the complaint Monday after questioning the hiring of new principals at Parkview Elementary and other west-side schools at … Continue reading

After Tossed Lunches, Utah district eyes $49,999 PR Hire (Tribune)

School board will decide on March 4 whether to pay Vox Creative to improve SLC district’s image. By Lisa Schencker| The Salt Lake Tribune First Published Feb 19 2014 01:13 pm • Last Updated Feb 19 2014 10:43 pm As fallout continues over news that dozens of kids’ lunches were dumped last month because of overdue payments, Salt Lake City School District leaders have quietly decided to try to hire a public relations firm. The … Continue reading

District Plans Independent Investigation of Discarded School Lunches (Tribune)

  (Keith Johnson | The Salt Lake Tribune) /POOL Salt Lake City School District Vice President Heather Bennett, right, and board member Laurel Young listen to Kelly Orton, the Director of Child Nutrition Services for the Salt Lake City School District, and Steve Woods, Executive Director of Auxillary Services, as they answer questions during a Salt Lake City School District board meeting February 4, 2014. The two were outlining ways to avoid another incident involving … Continue reading