2013 K-12 Power Players

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Rank28
NameNorthside (TX) ISD
DirectorThomas Wherry
Enrollment102000
No. of School Sites106
Revenue/Budget$53 million
Free/Reduced Pct54%
Breakfast Participation30%
No. of Meals Served112,000/day
High School Lunch Cash Price$2.25
Managementself-op
Websitenisd.net/child-nutrition
Phone(210) 397-4503
Breakfast ServedY
Lunch ServedY
After School Snack ServedY
Supper ProgramN
Summer Feeding ProgramY
NarrativeServing a portion of the San Antonio metro area, Northside is a fast-growing district with a strong lunch participation despite open high school campuses. The cafeterias use aggressive branding centered around the N-Zone Café name that imitates the commercial food court model so popular with teens. Younger students are approached using the department’s self-developed “Northside NIC” (Nutrition Instruction Chimp) mascot, who visits schools all year for cafeteria “meet-and-greets” that include presentations on nutrition. Last year, NIC appeared before some 12,000 students and has been so successful that a second NIC is being rolled out this year to allow even more appearance. Quality of ingredients is a priority in the dishes served to retain customers in the district cafeterias, along with plenty of choice: three daily entrees on a two-week cycle in the elementaries and four daily entrees in middle and high schools.
Lunch Participation86%


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