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Student Liaison Says Peers Fed Up With Food

Representative to the board says student are saying 'things need to change.'

The chicken nuggets taste like cardboard, the frozen pancakes are sometimes served cold and for the most part the food is “bland and boring.”

That was the assessment delivered to the Hopatcong Board of Education Monday by student Richard Lavery.

Lavery, acting as the student representative to the board, said he conducted a brief survey of students to gather their opinion about the district’s lunch program.

The overall opinion, he said, is that “things need to change.”

Among the top complaints, Lavery said, is that there is too much chicken, in all forms, on the menu, sometimes two and three times a week.

“There are other meats,” he said.

Sometimes it’s the form the food takes that is the problem, he said. Especially the chicken rings.

“The onion rings are fine, and even the potato rings, but chicken rings should not exist,” he said.

Lavery invited Superintendent Charles Maranzano and board to try a week of school lunches to see that the students were talking about.

Maranzano said he’d volunteer. “I’ll be the guinea pig,” he said.

Board president Clifford Lundin said this was the first time the board had heard complaints about the lunch program.

nick September 28, 2012 at 02:49 PM
I understand i made a couple of spelling errors in my previous comment I was just frustrated and rushed it ,pleas forgive me but i was hungry and could not concentrate.
Diane Candido September 28, 2012 at 07:52 PM
I am a cafeteria staff member and I love my job and take pride in what I do.I have been in the cafeteria for over 13 yrs.Please dont speak for me.Thank you !
Jamie September 30, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Some students upset about getting less and paying more for the new reportedly healthier lunches being served in Par-Troy schools
nick October 01, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Jamie i realize there are guidlines that have to be followed and i am not blaming the staff .I am just saying a little creativity and better menu planning would go a long way.I understand you girls can only serve what is given to you and do not want to see any of you loose your jobs.It all starts at the top and i think you know what I mean.These kids are throwing out alot of food everyday and a lot are not buying every day because of what is offered.I hope it gets better for all of us.
Jamie October 01, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Thanks Nick :)

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