Randall School looking for staff leader for breakfast program

The Randall School Breakfast Bar, started as a student-run program this year, will need to find a staffer to supervise the students who otherwise operate the program if it is to continue for the 2010-11 school year.

The School Board, at its regular meeting Wednesday night, heard a presentation on the program this year from the Breakfast Bar’s student executives Alyssa Schuller, Katie O’Brien and Miranda Page. The students talked about how they ran the program, the difficulties they encountered and some of the solutions they found.

Perhaps most significant to the School Board was that the program finished in the black by about $4,000.

The board was scheduled to act Wednesday on whether to renew the program for next year. The student executives said they have trained replacements, since as eighth graders they have graduated. But district administrator Steve Bloom reported the program needs a new staff member to supervise it.

Marilyn Erbentraut, the school’s gifted and talented coordinator, supervised the program this year since it grew out of the EXCEL program, but she has expressed a desire not to do so in the future, Bloom said. He asked board members to table the approval in order to explore options.

Board members and administrators were eager to see the supervision hitch solved so the program could continue.

“The concept itself is a go,” said board member Gary Franzen. “It pays for itself…”

“I would hope we would be able to find someone,” said board President Bill Jones.

The students, in their presentation, said their feedback was the program was popular with students. March had over 4,300-plus meals served.

“There are kids that come through that line that are hungry,” said business manager Carol Gebhard Dyer.


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