The food truck is coming … to Yukon High School and maybe even Yukon Middle School.
The Yukon School Board approved a plan Monday that would allow the district’s food nutrition provider, Southwest Food Service Excellence, to spend up to $35,000 to purchase a food truck that could be used at the two schools.
In addition, the food truck could also be used during sporting events, and outside activities, said Emily Forte, who heads the district’s food nutrition program.
Money to purchase the truck would come from program funds.
Forte and Superintendent Dr. Jason Simeroth said the money can only be used in the nutrition program, and thus is not money that could be used for things like teacher salaries.
The school board saw a video about a similar program that was being used in the Balstrop, Texas, Independent School District.
“This is really cool and thinking outside of the box,” said Simeroth.
“When this initially came out, I thought it would be really cool at the high school because it is an open campus, and how can increase our free and reduced rates, keep kids on campus and increase funding for the district,” she said.
The answer might be a food truck, she said, pointing out that the cost for meals would be the same as they are in the cafeteria, which is $2.75 for a full-price meal. However, free- and reduced-lunch students also would be able to participate.
In addition, the food would follow nutritional guidelines that are federally established, but the menus would fluctuate and offer alternatives to a typical cafeteria meal.
The food trucks also could be used for events involving the Yukon schools, including athletic events and other activities.
There was some concern from members of the board that the outside activities could interfere with booster clubs, who use those events to raise funds to support their programs.
Forte said that should not be a concern. They plan to work with the booster organizations.
Another benefit of the truck would be an expansion of the summer feeding program.
Forte said the program at the high school is successful, but there are still many children who don’t have access to the program because of the distance to the school.
“Our goal is to keep the kids on campus, increase our free and reduced rates and serve them fun foods they might enjoy trying,” said Forte.
In other action Monday, the board discussed the district’s policy on preventing bullying on campus after member Leonard Wells raised concerns about how the district follows up when incidents occur.
Simeroth said the district works closely to make sure bullying does not occur, but should it happen often times it is difficult to follow-up on the incident because of privacy issues.
Another administrator also pointed out that many times it is believed the issue has been resolved.
Wells pointed out in at least one case, the parents of a victim were not given any type of update on the situation.
Simeroth said that is because federal law prohibits providing information about what type of discipline is handed out.
“Sometimes we can’t say anything because of privacy laws,” he said.
Also Monday, the board voted to accept a donation of weight equipment from D&R Holdings. The equipment will be used by the athletic department. The donation is valued at more than $40,000.