2013 K-12 Power Players

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Rank27
NameJefferson County (KY) Public Schools
Director
Enrollment101,000
No. of School Sites148
Revenue/Budget$52.3 million
Free/Reduced Pct
Breakfast Participation35%
No. of Meals Served90,000
High School Lunch Cash Price$2.50
Managementself-op
Websitehttp://www.jefferson.kyschools.us/Departments/NutritionServices/
Phone
Breakfast ServedY
Lunch ServedY
After School Snack ServedN
Supper ProgramY
Summer Feeding ProgramY
NarrativeThis Louisville-centric district is the largest in Kentucky and serves over a quarter of the state's population. Ot partiipates in the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program in 33 of its 148 schools and as a result of a FRAC grant last year was able to implement BIC/Provision 2 programs in 19 out of 80 elementary schools. Six more have gone on the program with district funding (mostly for equipment needs)and together this has moved daily breakfast participation from 31,000 to 35,000 since 2011. g Daily lunch participaton has remained stable at about 61,500. Most schools have some a la carte sales, but FSD Julia Bauscher points out that the district's accounting program makes it hard to separate cash sales at breakfast, lunch and a la carte. Kentucky has more restrictive competitive foods and a la carte standards than the new federal regulations and, a la carte has had a continuing decline for several years, she adds. Meal production is highly centralized with a large cook-chill center, with bulk food being sent to individual schools where it is finished before serving. The new meal pattern doubled the district's fresh produce purchases last year. Jefferson County has put a lot of focus on a farm to school program (it now has six farmers under contract) and it is expanding the amount of kale, cabbage, butternut squash it is buying locally, an initiative that is seen as supporting local growers who are trying to diversify their crops. The CACFP supper program was begun last February and now serves up to 3,0000 suppers a day, with additional increases ahead. Direct certification has helped increase the free and reduced enrollmet in the district. While the district has looked at the community eligibility option, Bauscher says it is still evaluating whether participating would reduce or increase costs to the district.
Lunch Participation61%


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