Trustees to vote on outside food vendors

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Updated: 5/08/2013 9:13 pm

A 30-minute lunch just may not be enough time for high school students to leave campus and grab a bite. That's why a new rule will start next school year, no more off-campus lunch for Lubbock ISD students.

On Thursday, LISD Trustees will give approval on a restaurant carry-in program. 

Victor Portillo with Dominos said, "During the lunch time we have a lot of kids that come in."

However, next school year during lunch, Coronado High School students won't be flocking to the Dominos on 34th Street.

Nancy Sharp with LISD said, "We will have all students on campus during lunches at the high school beginning the 2013-2014 school year."

The school district is finishing the final details on its initiative to close campuses during lunch. It's being funded by the 2010 bond program. LISD is renovating all high school cafeterias.

Right now, high school students only have a 30-minute lunch. 

"It was apparent we were having traffic accidents, and students were driving quickly trying to get off campus for lunch," Sharp said. "It was not a real secure situation. We are one of the few school districts that doesn't already have a closed policy for high school campuses at lunch."

Abraham Enriquez is a junior at Monterey High School. He supports the idea of a closed campus lunch.

"By the time I get out of class and into my car go find a restaurant and get food then I have to rush back," he said. "I had to be eating my food as I'm walking into class. It wasn't a lunch environment for me."

After getting input from students and parents, LISD trustees will consider a carry-in program for cafeterias. The board will decide on eight outside vendors like Dominos, Subway, and Dions to bring food to all the high schools, but some students aren't convinced it will work.

Samantha Lofton is a senior at Lubbock High School she said, "Our graduating class is like 513 so if you are trying to do that and feed all those kids in 30 minutes, it is really complicated to do."

The layout will look less of a cafeteria.

"There will be seating areas, flat screen tvs, students could watch ESPN, or another area were students can gather if they want to study to do group projects."

Even though the program accommodates outside vendors, all eight including Dominos had to meet the state nutrition guidelines. 

On Thursday the board will approve the contracts of the eight vendors. Two vendors will be at each school. All vendors will have a schedule and alternate between the high schools.

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Liberty Seeker - 5/8/2013 10:11 PM
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I wonder if 2 venders plus the standard cafeteria line will be sufficient for the massive amount of customers. If anyone is in a line for over 8 minutes, there will be insufficient time remaining to eat and recharge. Just to make sure the food is adequate, and service is efficient, the administrators should purchase food from the cafeteria, in the same manner as any other customer. If the line is slow, the principal gets the honor of waiting in a long line with the students.
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