Sunday, October 14, 2012
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Sunday, October 14, 2012
On Oct. 1, Superintendent of Schools LeRoy Seitz issued an order that Parent-Teacher Associations can no longer sell ice cream in schools during lunchtime. It is no secret that ice cream sales in the district have been going on for a long time . These sales are sponsored by local PTAs and help generate revenue that supports programs aimed at enhancing the education of our children. Like many parents, I assumed the ban was an instance of the government again trying to decide what is best for our children. I looked into the matter and was disgusted with what was revealed: The so-called ice cream ban has absolutely nothing to do with ice cream—or with nutrition in schools. Certain ice cream choices are in fact allowed to be sold in …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
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 Andrew Sadowski, who said the ban could cost each PTA in the neighborhood of $2,000. 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 …
Monday, October 8, 2012
The superintendent of schools' statement says state law specifically bans the sales, but an Intervale PTA member disagrees.
A member of the Intervale Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association says he believes New Jersey law does allow PTA ice cream fundraisers in state public schools. Andrew Sadowski, a local father, said he takes issue with the recent announcement that ice cream sales in district schools is against state law. The concerned father told Superintendent of Schools LeRoy Seitz that federal law says fundraising sales involving food products can take place during school hours as long as the food being sold meets government nutrition standards. Many ice cream products do meet those standards, he said. But Seitz explained that whatever the federal code says, state law specifically forbids food items to be sold in schools while the school nutrition …
Friday, October 5, 2012
One father argues frozen treat does meet nutritional requirements and should be permitted.
A member of the Intervale Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association says the school district may have been too quick to stop PTA lunchtime ice cream fundraisers. A memo sent Monday to PTAs from the district informed them that federal and state law do not permit fundraising food sales during any time when school nutritional programs are in operation. This comes as a major blow to the associations, which rely on weekly cafeteria ice cream sales to raise funds for student activities and events. "These sales helped generate approximately $2,000 a year for our local PTA, which makes up a good part of our budget," said self-desribed concerned father Andrew Sadowski in a letter he sent to Superintendent of Schools LeRoy Seitz. "With the loss …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
The government-mandated move may affect local PTA fundraising efforts.
Another food-related controversy has come to the Parsippany school district, and this one may leave local kids screaming for ice cream. Hard on the heels of the ongoing Parsippany Hills High School protest against the new federally-mandated lunch program comes another dictate from the government: no ice cream may be sold in schools during the school day. The news is a blow for local Parent-Teacher Association groups, which traditionally offer ice cream for sale during lunch periods to raise funds for their organizational efforts. UPDATE: One member says Parsippany PTAs could lose as much as $20,000 due to the ice cream ban. Superintendent of Schools LeRoy Seitz said the district has no choice but comply with state law. "7CFR 210.11 and …