School That Threw Away Lunches Now Just Throwing Away Money

palmEarlier this year, Salt Lake City’s Uintah Elementary School drew the wrath of the entire nation when it cracked down on deadbeat lunch accounts. Instead of asking parents to pay up, they waited until the kids were in the lunch line, lunches in hand, discovered they were in arears, tore the lunches out of their hands, tossed them into the trash, and replaced them with an alternate lunch of fruit and milk. [source.]

No one knows whose bright idea it was to do this. A school administrator? Lunch room supervisor? Food service manager? No one has been identified as being responsible for Lunchroom Gate. Perhaps for their own safety, since the story went national and people reacted quite emotionally. In fact, a similarly named school in South Ogden, Utah, received so many calls about the debacle they had to bring in extra staff. [source.]

Unfortunately, it’s not the end of the story.  Uintah Elementary School is back in the news. “The district issued a request for proposals from public relations firms for up to $49,999 — $1 shy of what’s required for full board approval, according to the district’s administrative procedures.” [source.]

Nice work around, people.

First question: why does a public school district need a public relations firm? You have a captive audience. You have no one to impress. I doubt many of the families in your district will move their kids to another school. Even if you aren’t kid-friendly. Seems like a lot of hassle and work.

Second question: there wasn’t anything better to do with $50,000 for the kids in your district? In my district, teachers and programs have been cut. The money could bring back sports, after school programs. Maybe kids could have art, music, and PE more often.

  • You could be totally frivolous with the money and still do something for the kids:
  • buy every child a new book/backpack
  • invite James Patterson to speak
  • have a pizza party
  • go skiing
  • go to a professional game
  • buy sports equipment
  • buy computer equipment
  • invite a boy band to perform
  • have a circus stop by
  • bring a Ben & Jerry’s truck in for the afternoon
  • take everyone to a movie
  • send staff members to sensitivity training

Why take money from the kids to fix a mistake that should never have happened in the first place? Talk about throwing good money after bad!

What would you suggest they do with $50,000? Any advice?

Other than never make the same mistake twice?


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