The vending machine snacks and beverages are not all healthy at River Valley schools but the student council is doing the best it can do in providing healthy choices, it was determined at a special meeting of the River Valley School Board last week.
The board held a special meeting on Wednesday to approve a contract for certified staff, to approve personnel matters and to consider other matters such as a vending machine recommendation from the wellness committee.
The wellness committee had stated that only healthy foods should be available through vending machines at school but there was no definition of healthy provided. The student council provided feedback at the board meeting because the student council is in charge of the vending machines and earns funds from them.
It was stated that all the choices o healthy foods that are available are put into the vending machines, but there are not enough such choices to fill the vending machines. It was pointed out that there is a convenience store near the high school and that students must learn to make decisions for themselves.
The board changed the language to read that there must be some healthy choices in vending machines.
The board approved a two-year master contract for certified staff. The agreement calls for a 4.5 percent increase in the wage and benefit package. The base salary will increase from $25,400 to $26,000.
The board approved for resignations: Graham Lundt as high school girls track coach and assistant boys track coach; Robert Hantsbarger as industrial tech teacher (retiring); Bonnie Forbes as teacher and media director (taking a Sioux City position); Gene Woods as cook.
Contracts were offered to Wendell Brown as grades 7-12 choir teacher and Brian Woodford as industrial tech teacher.