MIDDLE SCHOOL REFORM IS 'TOP PRIORITY'
Pinellas middle schools have generated unflattering headlines in recent years, for fights and bullying and a general lack of academic traction. Interim superintendent John Stewart told principals Thursday that middle school reform is a top priority. Among the most pressing issues: how to better deal with 1,300 over-aged middle school students. "That's unbelievable," he said of the number of over-aged kids. The district is putting together a committee of about 50 members, including students, teachers, principals, support staff and representatives from the teachers union and the Pinellas Education Foundation. Two board members, Janet Clark and Terry Krassner, will also serve. The district hopes recommendations can go to the School Board by January.
Elementary schools have a choice of one entree or cold sandwich and two fruits or vegetables, or salad plate and one fruit or vegetable. Meatless entree, chef salad and cold sandwich selection available daily.
Middle and high school menus are different for each school.
Monday: Cheeseburger, hamburger, bean burrito, tater tots, baked beans, lettuce and tomato salad, fruit and juice
Tuesday: Chicken tender parmigiana with pasta and sauce, beef and cheddar melt, farmers salad, broccoli, romaine salad, fruit and juice, dessert.
Wednesday: Breaded, grilled or spicy chicken sandwich, grilled cheese, tomato soup, sweet potato bites, leafy green salad, fruit and juice.
Thursday: Breakfast for lunch, flatbread pizza, mixed vegetables, veggies with dip, fruit and juice, roll.
Friday: No school.