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USD 428 food service a model for other districts

Julia Esparza, a kindergarten at Riley Elementary School enjoys a slice of pizza for lunch.

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There may be no pleasing everyone all of the time, but that doesn’t stop Karl Sprague from trying.
Sprague is the food services director for USD 428. At any one time it is his job to balance the needs and wants of up to 3,000 school children and their parents, 700 teachers and staff, more than 30 food-service employees and a school board as well as state requirements and federal guidelines.
“Our meals meet the needs of as many people as possible, but will probably not meet everyone’s desire,” he admitted realistically.
Sprague has seen lots of ...


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