Despite Wisconsin's nationally recognized status as the dairy state, the Baraboo School District has decided to end its practice of providing milk with students' morning snack this year.

While many parents pay 30 cents for the daily dairy offering, school officials decided to end the program due to concerns the state might eliminate the Wisconsin School Day Milk Program, which helps pay for the cost of milk for students from poor families, said Molly Fitzgerald, director of elementary programming and principal at Gordon L. Willson Elementary School. And even with the support from the state program, students who receive free milk through the free and reduced lunch program cost the district about $10,400 for free milk with snacks last year.

The district instead plans to encourage students to drink water with their morning snacks.

Baraboo resident Chris Hamm stated in an email to the News Republic that he had just learned milk no longer would be provided with snacks at Al Behrman Elementary School, where his son attends. Hamm said school officials explained to him that the cost was one of the reasons for the change.

"We paid for every carton my son drank, so what money are they talking about?" he asked.

Fitzgerald said the possible elimination of funding for part of the program could have created an unfair system.

"We didn't want to create a situation where children whose families could afford milk break and those families would not be able to contribute to providing a milk break would be left out," Fitzgerald said.

The district's Wellness Committee reviewed the issue and decided students should be encouraged to drink more water during the day, Fitzgerald said. It is a better choice rather than milk or juices, which have a high sugar content. Children still may have fat-free or low-fat white or chocolate milk at breakfast and lunch, she said.

"Just looking at the larger picture, the impact on the kids, on the school day and on the budget, we felt discontinuing the program for the (20)11-12 school year was the best decision we could make at the time, Fitzgerald said. "Sometimes change is difficult, but we wanted to keep the children's best interests in mind. We felt this was just the best decision for the Baraboo schools," she said.

Fitzgerald said parents with concerns about this or other issues may contact her via email at mfitzgerald@Barabooschools.net.

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(11) comments

PoisenIvey
PoisenIvey

I'm sorry, but even "poor" families should be able to afford $1.50 a week per child--I see so many buying energy and coffee drinks, soda, and lots of other crap at c-stores, make them stop that and provide their children with a nutritional drink.

Riddle Me This
Riddle Me This

If it's such a pittance, feel free to send the district a check for the $10k that they were spending on the program.

toucansam
toucansam

If the students can still have milk at breakfast and lunch, then it really isn't necessary at snack. Looks like a pretty reasonable way to cut 10k from the budget. If parents still want their kids to have snack milk they can purchase a thermos and send it with them.

whachyamacallit
whachyamacallit

How about we go back to the parents providing breakfast at home for thier kids and sending a snack and drink in the lunch pail. That system seemed to work fine for decades when we didn't expect other people to raise our kids.

darkenskies
darkenskies

All "excellent" comments listed below. It is disgusting to see these so-called poor people load their grocery carts with soda, coffee drinks, "bags" of junk food, and have cell phones(always talking on), salon polished nails/toes. Most middle class people don't pay to have salon polished nails. The nanny(welfare) people are going to have a big jolt coming up in all states of this country; much abuse happening in welfare and of course medicaid.

countrygirl
countrygirl

I just wish they would have asked parents what our opinion was. I feed my kids breakfast at home, and I pack them a nutritious lunch to take to school. Isn't Wisconsin known as the dairy state? So, now our children are to bring water to school because it is more nutritious than milk or juice. I do my job as a parent, I just want the option for my child to have milk. I was very disappointed to learn at Open House that our children would not be receiving milk at break. So, where does the $10,000 go that they are saving? Is it going for something useful? Isn't this the question we should be asking also?

facts2bfree
facts2bfree

I find it interesting on how the cuts make the news and the parents mad. The funny thing is that the school district is slated to save $660,000 from changing health insurance costs as written in the Wisconsin School Reformer news letter. That should be the headline. I dont think if it was the 650K or 660K it would make that much of a difference. Then 10K could EASILY go to the milk program. ttps://app.e2ma.net/app/view:CampaignPublic/id:24830.9327959424/rid:4f6670a3bc5ed1258448c884029069d8
Can you say new athletic facility?

mrlundt
mrlundt

Idiotic.

If the costs are going up, milk can still be offered at a slightly higher price.

The school district is up to something or acting like petulant children or both.

TTcheese
TTcheese

[quote]mrlundt said: "Idiotic.If the costs are going up, milk can still be offered at a slightly higher price.The school district is up to something or acting like petulant children or both."[/quote]

NNNooo! Ya think? Hard to believe with the Queen Bee at the helm. Even harder to believe the folks could have radically changed the face of the School Board last spring and didn't do it.

Twitter1
Twitter1

If you cannot afford $1.50 per week for milk, I hope I do not see you staggering out of a local gin mill or smoking your favorite cancer stick. You had them, you take care of them.

Hometowngirl
Hometowngirl

yet another case of some suffering for the few that can't afford $1.50! :(
Others hit the nail on the head with this one.... i get so mad when i see the welfare familes loading up their carts with junk that we working families get to pay for! AAARRRGGGG.... and then you also see these families at the local gas stations getting their cigarettes and beer....

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