During a South-Western City Schools Board of Education work session on April 28, the district's food service supervisor voiced her goal of putting nutritional information on the district's Web site, and the treasurer said projections for the fiscal year are on target.

During a South-Western City Schools Board of Education work session on April 28, the district's food service supervisor voiced her goal of putting nutritional information on the district's Web site, and the treasurer said projections for the fiscal year are on target.

Food Service Supervisor Beth Glitt said by the 2008-09 school year, she would like to see a nutritional breakdown of all the food offered by the district on its Web site.

The information would allow parents to know exactly what their children are eating. If a student has a special diet, parents can also better plan for their child's diet, Glitt said.

"It'll all be there at the click of their fingers," Glitt said.

Menus and prices of breakfast and lunch for each school in the district can already be found on the Web site.

Glitt said the school is also introducing more foods that use whole grains, rather than refined grains. Whole grain foods do not drastically change taste or color and help prevent obesity, heart problems and type 2 diabetes, Glitt said.

"The selection is so great that it really helps our students to make great choices," Glitt said.

Children prefer food that looks good and tastes good, which is why the use of whole grains and low-calorie snacks are so important for the students, Glitt said.

District cafeterias are also implementing the use of what Glitt called environmentally friendly disposables. Corn starch is used to make lunch trays, plates, etc., which allows them to biodegrade quicker, Glitt said.

Glitt added that lunch participation in the district has risen by 3 percent, and the elementary schools have had a bigger increase.

"That's where we're really loading kids with secret nutritional items," Glitt said.

Later in the meeting Treasurer Hugh W. Garside reported updates of the projections for the 2008 fiscal year. Initial projections come from a five-year forecast that can be found on the district's Web site.

The forecast goes to 2012.

The updates come three quarters into the fiscal year. Updates were made after winter heating expenses were tallied and the receipt of most major tax settlements, Garside said.

"We've made it through the winter," Garside said. "Our budget looks good."

According to the forecast, total revenues and other financing sources were projected to be $189,713,000.

The update came to $188.2 million, which is about a $1.5 million difference or about a one percent variance, Garside said.

Forecast numbers show total expenditures and other financing uses at $188,588,900. Updates came to $184.9 million, a difference of $3.7 million with a variance of two percent, Garside said.

Ending cash balance was forecasted at $15,786,035. After updates the cash balance number came to $18 million, a difference of $2.2 million with a variance of about one percent, Garside said.

These numbers are not actual figures yet; they won't become actual figures until after June 30, Garside said.

Nevertheless, having gotten through the winter, the treasurer said he is "confident the numbers will come to fruition."

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