2013 K-12 Power Players

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Rank8
NameHillsborough County (FL) Public Schools
DirectorMary Kate Harrison, MS, PhD, RD
Enrollment187,344
No. of School Sites267
Revenue/Budget$131 million
Free/Reduced Pct60%
Breakfast ParticipationN/A
No. of Meals Served214,000+/day
High School Lunch Cash Price$2.75
Managementself-op
Websitesdhc.k12.fl.us/sns
Phone(813) 840-7092
Breakfast ServedY
Lunch ServedY
After School Snack ServedY
Supper ProgramY
Summer Feeding ProgramY
NarrativeParticipation levels are on the upswing in this Tampa-area district. Its free/reduced percentage is also up— to 63% for 2013-14—and enrollment is up 3,000 since 2012-13. The budget should reach $135 million this year. A la carte sales are down to 23% of sales and continue to decline. Harrison notes that tighter policies on meal charges cut the uncollected amount from $900,000 a few years ago to only $32,000 last year. Hillsborough’s production is school based, with two kitchens producing extra meals for alternative education sites and the few schools without kitchens. It is launching a supper program this year and 39 schools participate in USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program. After evaluating its impact, Hillsborough decided to not the opt for community eligibility. Among new initiatives, the district is using contingency funds to renovate serving areas in 70 schools; 30 will get new cold storage units. A new, “very robust” dashboard system will help managers track key performance indicators and provide other capabilities. The department has a new nutrition education initiative that employs compostable trays with a printed, color-coded guide that matches menu cards on cafeteria line sneeze guards.
Lunch ParticipationN/A


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