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Keep Chocolate Milk, Decatur Schools Committee Recommends

Probably gone: Muffins, shrimp poppers and high-sugar desserts. The Decatur Schools menu committee surveyed parents and got feedback about which food items to keep, change or eliminate.

It looks like chocolate milk will remain in Decatur City Schools cafeterias.

After surveying parents, a menu committee recommends chocolate milk remain on lunchroom menus, with a change to a brand with less sugar.

In the survey of 614 parents, 50.7 percent said to keep chocolate milk and 49.3 percent said to eliminate it.

Several months ago, the Ultimate Menu Committee . The school board balked at taking action and asked the committee to conduct the survey and come back with new recommendations.

The problem, some school board members said, is that some kids won't drink white milk, only chocolate.

Other survey results: Parents recommended eliminating muffins, shrimp poppers and high-sugar desserts from the cafeterias. (The desserts are already gone.) The parents overwhelmingly wanted to keep peanut butter.

To see the full list of committee recommendations and the survey results, go to the City Schools of Decatur webpage.

The school board is scheduled to vote on the recommendation during a meeting that starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Westchester Center at 758 Scott Blvd.

A work session will be held at 5:30 p.m.

Diane Loupe November 12, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Chocolate milk may be one area in which there is bipartisan agreement. It's something tasty and good that children willingly drink! A day without chocolate is...hard to swallow. I want to live in a world in which chocolate milk is available to all of the children of the U.S.A. Chocolate milk today, chocolate milk tomorrow, chocolate milk for posterity. (My name is Diane and I approved this message.)
Donna November 13, 2012 at 05:14 PM
I found it interesting that the survey was administered on an unsecure site, so that RMS students and unrelated people could weigh in. I hope the school board takes into account the epidemic of childhood obesity and diabetes before trusting a survey that was probably not 100% parents opinions. Regarding needing to dose up the milk with sugar in order to get kids to drink it, who says kids need to? Many are lactose intolerant. There are plenty of ways to get calcium and protein if you don't like milk. It's no excuse for encouraging kids, particularly those with weight problems, to drink sugar. I wonder what the parents would say in a survey about the teachers giving out candy almost every day? If they don't like sugary desserts why do they put up with that?
Decaturette November 13, 2012 at 07:07 PM
So you're saying that a bunch of second graders went in and stuffed the poll with votes for chocolate milk? Or the chocolate syrup industry? That's hilarious.
Donna November 14, 2012 at 02:58 AM
An eighth grader explained to me how to hack the system so you can submit like a hundred votes. I'm just saying.
Decaturette November 14, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Boy, if kids are hacking into CSD nutrition polls, they must REALLY want those chicken nuggets! At least they are proactive and involved! But the items that got the biggest votes were peanut butter followed by chocolate milk, both of which I think of as more little kid items. But little kids have big brothers and sisters with smartphones.........:)

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