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Ice Cream Ban Still On—For Now, Schools Chief Says

Parsippany schools superintendent said he believes the laws forcing the prohibition are too restrictive.

Parsippany Superintendent of Schools LeRoy Seitz said the district must uphold the legally mandated ban on selling ice cream in school cafeterias during lunch periods.

The news is a blow to area Parent-Teacher Associations that traditionally raise funds for student events by selling the frozen treat once a week at lunch time.

Seitz's comments came in response to a letter from Intervale School parent and PTA member .

Sadowski last week researched pertinents parts of federal law and found provisions that by his interpretation would allow the sales if the item for sale met state nutrition guidelines and if a school-approved nonprofit organization was the recipient of any money raised.

According to Sadowski, PTAs would meet the requirement as an approved school group and that the ice cream they sell would meet federal nutrition standards.

But Seitz said state statutes address the matter more directly than federal law.

He said that according to New Jersey law, any money made from sales of food or beverage sales during school breakfast and lunch hours must go to the School Nutrition Program. 

Seitz also pointed out that under state law, PTAs are specifically prohibited from conducting food sales during breakfast and lunch, the hours when the school nutrition program is in operation.

"I appreciate your concerns regarding the state’s regulations that prevent our PTAs from selling ice cream," Seitz wrote in his response to Sadowski. "I feel the same way and wish the regulations were not so restrictive."

While the superintendent said that the ban on ice cream sales will continue for the time being, he said the district will continue to see if the state might consider waiving the regulations to allow PTA ice cream fundraisers to return.

John Jay October 09, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Superintendent LeRoy Seitz should just ignore the ban. What are they going to do? Throw him in jail? If he refused to comply, he would become a folk hero for the kids and a model of resistance against over-reaching federal intrusion into our children's lives. It's all about the money -- the schools get lots of cash from the Department of Agriculture to "feed" kids -- little does the school know the food if genetically modified (GMO) -- the very stuff that has been is being linked to wide variety of health problems around the world. Great job, Department of Agriculture! Pay the schools to feed the kids cancer disguised as food! (See: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/01/09/gm-corn-poses-health-hazard.aspx)
g October 09, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Socialists are Statist, they are absolutely authoritarian in their philosophy. Their long-term goal has always been a Socialistic Dictatorship with full-imposition of a very legalistic society where the individual is simply a part of the collective. The State must step in to save the country and protect the people from the dangers associated with the inherent problems of free enterprise. Today, the call is very similar, the State must step in to protect the people. The State will protect you: NO MORE ICE CREAM
utoh October 09, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Seitz I agree it is clearly restrictive and extremely invasive on school fund raising efforts at a time when rund raising couldn't have been any more difficult. Are there fines for non complience? Do you have any suggestions for getting the gov. out of local and family issues? I was a room mother when a 8 yr old sent $7 in pennies from her piggy bank because her family couldn't afford to send in the $7 holiday party money requested. Our school and kids benifit from fund raising efforts. The presieved harm to our children is unfounded and unjustified.
clyde donovan October 09, 2012 at 09:22 PM
I get bashed for calling Obama a fascist socialist. It's true, he's another Hitler. No more ice cream for the masses. Only ice cream for the 1 percent. No more affordable gasoline for the masses. Only gasoline for his elite totalitarian bootlickers.No more air travel for the minions. Only air travel for the privileged fascists.
Chris October 11, 2012 at 05:39 AM
I used to eat a Cheeseburger and fries everyday for lunch... I used to love the Taco Salad... And we always had ice cream sandwiches. ... And I turned out pretty healthy. I am not overweight. Sometimes school officials step out of bounds. I mean, give a kid a break. When is enough enough?

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