PERRY -- Parents in the Houston County school system who put a lot of stock into the health food scores of restaurants can feel pretty good about the safety of their children’s school lunches.
Three times per year, health inspectors grade every school cafeteria the same as they do for restaurants. Out of 115 inspections of the 39 cafeterias in the Houston County school system last year, 113 were perfect scores, according to figures provided by the school board.
Four schools have had perfect scores in every inspection for the past 11 years, and one school has had perfect scores for 10 years.
At Tuesday’s school board meeting, cafeteria managers from those schools were recognized for their achievement.
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Board Chairwoman Marianne Melnick called the inspection record “phenomenal.”
“They work hard to ensure nutritious meals are prepared in spotless kitchens and that foods are preserved and served at the proper temperatures,” she said of the school nutrition staff.
Debbie Register, manager at Westside Elementary, was recognized for the school’s 10 years of perfect schools.
Schools at 11 years included David Perdue Elementary, managed by Kelly Reese; Miller Elementary, managed by Stephen Askew; Morningside Elementary, managed by Donna Stewart, and Tucker Elementary, managed by Teresa Jones.
The meeting was the first for new member Bryan Upshaw, who was elected in a special election July 22 to fill an unexpired term. He was given the first chance to speak during the board comments portion of the agenda.
“I’m overwhelmed and humbled and hope I can be an asset to this group,” he said.
To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.