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Short takes for Feb. 14

February 14, 2014

Not all students eat? THUMBS DOWN: We found it utterly disturbing that 46 school districts in Minnesota said they immediately or eventually refuse to feed students who can’t pay, this according to......

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whynot

Feb-14-14 5:50 AM

The article that was in the Star Trib had things taken out of context for Marshall. Please contact the school district or food service directly as the papers don't seem interested in getting the real answers!!! 537-6924 or 929-2660

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farmkid

Feb-14-14 6:42 AM

Taken directly from the Star.

"Marshall public schools switch students over to cheese sandwiches when they run out of money in their accounts. If the account remains in deficit, the student will continue to receive sandwiches, but their parents may be referred to a collection agency and social services “for possible neglect.” “No reduced-price eligible child is turned away from a meal,” Marshall Schools Superintendent Klint Willert wrote in response to Legal Aid’s data practices request. He did not respond to an interview request from the Star Tribune. “The child will be given something to eat.”"

Doesn't sound sensationalized to me. Truly sad that the school board "thinks of children first", pays their administration like they do, and then we get to read this statewide.

It's a great day to be a tiger!

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InMyOpinion

Feb-14-14 8:22 AM

Regarding public notices, I would suggest posting the public notices in the newspapers as is done today AND publishing them on the county's website. With a big/long county like Yellow Medicine, residence in the far west part of the county probably don't subscribe to a newspaper 35 miles away to the east. I would think this would actually improve residents' access to public notices with no real increase in costs.

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monkeyman5

Feb-14-14 11:31 AM

If the newspaper is proclaiming to be the agent of transparency for the people, what's stopping the paper from checking the county website and then reporting the information itself? Oh, that's right, the county wouldn't have to pay for it that way.

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trident_t150

Feb-14-14 7:42 PM

It seems the Trib did contact the school district directly but.... "“No reduced-price eligible child is turned away from a meal,” Marshall Schools Superintendent Klint Willert wrote in response to Legal Aid’s data practices request. He did not respond to an interview request from the Star Tribune."

Can you imagine the embarrassment a child would incur having his food tray taken away from him/her in front of his/her classmates?

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farmkid

Feb-15-14 6:05 AM

To think that some of these same parents that can't afford to pay their child's lunch were asked to support the referendum last fall.

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trident_t150

Feb-15-14 3:13 PM

If you would like to read a heart warming story about what one student did for another in the Willmar school district, check out the West Central Tribune on line. Triple W. wctrib . com . She also wrote a letter to the paper telling the truth in that school district.

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Pirate

Feb-16-14 1:59 PM

It seems schools have really lost their way. Not just individual schools. The entire system. You see pitches for higher wages and infrastructure, some of it questionable, but something as core as a good lunch is not fought for. At a time when food shelves are overwhelmed it might be the only good meal that child gets. It would be interesting to see a referendum supporting that one good meal a day with nothing else tied to it. Not as cool as an iPad but Google "effect of hunger on learning " and see what you think is more important.

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