2013 K-12 Power Players

Take a look at the top 50 K-12 Power Players in this interactive, sortable data table





Rank50
NameFort Bend (TX) ISD
DirectorGail Stotler
Enrollment69,435
No. of School Sites73
Revenue/Budget$26 million
Free/Reduced Pct39.70%
Breakfast Participation15%
No. of Meals Served51,000/day
High School Lunch Cash Price$2.50
Managementself-op
Websitewww.fortbendisd.com/departments/Operations/child-nutrition/child-nutrition
Phone(281) 634-1855
Breakfast ServedY
Lunch ServedY
After School Snack Servedy
Supper ProgramN
Summer Feeding ProgramN
NarrativeFort Bend, in the Houston metro area, derives more than 50% of its child nutrition income from a la carte sales, an extensive program with the widest selection in the area according to Stotler. For school meals, scratch production has been the approach for decades, but the district did struggle with the new fruit-and-vegetable mandate imposed by USDA a year ago as the increased six-cent reimbursement just covered the added cost. One successful menu item category was sweet potatoes, made either into fries or grilled in cubes. The district had to undergo a series of meal price increases to meet federal requirements—25 cents in both 2010-11 and 2011-12—for the first time in 20 years. It should have gone up again this year but the department got a waiver due to an excess fund balance caused by the increases.
Lunch Participation67%


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