2013 K-12 Power Players

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Rank14
NameDallas ISD
DirectorDora Rivas, MS, RDN, SFNS
Enrollment158,882
No. of School Sites219
Revenue/Budget$85.8 million
Free/Reduced Pct89%
Breakfast Participation36%
No. of Meals Served190,000/day
High School Lunch Cash Price$1.75
Managementself-op
Websitewww.dallasisd.org//Domain/103
Phone(214) 932-5500
Breakfast ServedY
Lunch ServedY
After School Snack ServedY
Supper ProgramY
Summer Feeding ProgramY
NarrativeIn Dallas ISD, free and reduced eligibility has been increasing 1-2% a year for some time, but participation has been growing more rapidly. The budget is up significantly this year, to over $100 million, largely the result of an expanding BIC program; breakfast in the classroom will be featured in all district schools by 2015-16. Notably, Dallas will implement Provision 2 district-wide this month. A la carte options are still offered and a POS program allows parent to specify account money that can be used for snacks, even by specific day. The district supports a central warehouse that also does a minimal amount of production, but most meals are produced in kitchens at individual schools. The department serves one charter school and a handful of Head Start programs. A program to fund renovations in middle and high school serveries was timed to match the introduction of new meal pattern choices last year “and helped put a good face on the changes,” Rivas says. A new farm-to-school program partially funded by a USDA grant has helped the department develop 60-80 school gardens that are used in nutrition education programs.
Lunch Participation74%


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