Boyd ISD looks at bringing back off-campus lunches

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, November 17, 2018
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Boyd High School is planning to bring back off-campus lunches in a limited capacity later this school year.

Monday night, Boyd ISD trustees directed school administrators to come up with an incentive plan, which would allow students to leave campus for lunch possibly one day per week. Trustees also advised the administration to come up plans for creating an outdoor dining area.

Boyd ISD Superintendent Ted West said the changes will likely not be in place until after the Christmas break.

“There’s nothing 100 percent definitive at this point,” West said. “We’re looking at incentives and plans for creating an outdoor eating area. We’re also looking at the logistics to allow vendors from the outside to deliver.”

Trustees suspended off-campus lunch last month indefinitely to give the staff and students a chance to come up with a plan to safely reinstate it.

Senior Aliza White made a presentation to the school board with various options, keeping trustees’ concerns about safety in mind. She said one option included an incentive plan tied to attendance and community service hours.

“It would give the students the option to still have the privilege, but it would limit the number of students leaving campus,” White said.

White’s other suggestions included the outdoor seating area and allowing outside vendors and food trucks.

Her suggestions of the outdoor area and the incentive plan drew unanimous approval from the board.

“I like the outdoor area, and it’ll be good to have the incentives,” said trustee Jake Tackett. “For the juniors and seniors, it’ll be a good incentive to not be tardy.”

Since closing the campus for lunch, Boyd High School Principal Susan Foster said the school is averaging 200 meals per day.

“The biggest statistic is the kids that receive free- and reduced-lunches are now eating,” West said.

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