2013 K-12 Power Players

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Rank31
NameAlbuquerque Public Schools
DirectorMary Swift
Enrollment88,196
No. of School Sites137
Revenue/Budget$47 million
Free/Reduced Pct62%
Breakfast Participation28%
No. of Meals Served~ 71,000/day
High School Lunch Cash Price$2.20
Managementself-op
Websitewww.aps.edu/food-and-nutrition-services
Phone(505) 345-5661
Breakfast ServedY
Lunch ServedY
After School Snack ServedY
Supper ProgramY
Summer Feeding ProgramY
NarrativeEnrollments have declined slightly in Albuquerque in recent years but the nutrition services budget has increased significantly because of growth in its breakfast programs. New Mexico state law requires that any school with a free and reduced percentage of over 85% must serve breakfast after the bell while instruction goes on, at no cost to the student; the Albuquerque district has 36 schools meeting that criteria. When the rule went into effect, breakfast participation almost doubled and reimbursements increased by over $3 million. A Provision 2 program has been in place for several years, with 47 schools offering breakfast and lunch at no cost to students. The district eliminated reduced price meals last year and FSD Mary Swift indicates that change has gone well: the district covers the extra cost and bills it to individual schools on a monthly basis. A pilot program for supper meals was implemented last year and that program is being evaluated for possible expansion. A la carte sales have been in decline ever since 2005 when New Mexico put in place tough wellness policiy/competitive food rules; elementary schools are prohibited from selling anything other than milk and water. Meal production is primarily at each schools, but the few that can't do baking are serviced from an aging central kitchen. Presently, the district stores dry groceries at one warehouse, a freezer and cold storage at another and some frozen storage at main office building. A new central facility to consolidate these operations and improve efficiency has been designed, with RFPs already let; construction will begin in the coming year.
Lunch Participation52%


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