MADISON, NJ – The Board of Education was about to approve a contract with Pomptonian Food Service at its Tuesday meeting when a parent questioned the agenda item and lack of change.
“We took a survey and the majority wants to see changes and clearer wording,” she said.
Business Administrator Gary Lane said, "We haven’t seen any recommendations for change. This company has been here for many years.”
Board member Debra Coen said that Pomptonian was the only company to bid on cafeteria services and that rates for student lunches are determined by the state. “We’re in agreement that we need healthier choices,” she said. Coen noted that students had been offered Frosted Flakes or Trix as a menu option. She said if a cereal would be on the menu, it should at least be a healthy one. She encouraged a meeting between the Community Action Committee and Pomptonian, with a board member present as well.
Board member Leslie Lajewski said the agenda item regarding food service did not represent the full contract. “Our position is that there will be changes,” she said.
At the May 24 meeting, parent Teresa Turko displayed menus from the schools in the district that emphasized cheese in various forms for a majority of the food choices.