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With New Hire, Dayton Schools Continue Focus on Healthy Eating

The Dayton Independent School Board approved the hiring of a new Food Service Director last week at its regular meeting.
Lauren Marlow comes to the district with credentials in dietetics and community nutrition, which Superintendent Jay Brewer said will continue to put emphasis on student nutrition, as well as continuing an effort to do more scratch cooking in addition to the heat-and-serve.
"We are always trying to improve things for the students, and trying to incorporate more scratch recipes shows that schools can do something else," said Brewer. "It is an initiative for us to try to fight the trend toward obesity, malnutrition, and diabetes by doing what we can to provide healthy alternatives."
There will be a culinary boot camp next week at Dayton Schools and 4 other school districts will participate to learn alternative ways to make food tastier for the students and teachers when school starts on August 12.
Lauren Marlow takes the place of Jan Crone, who has retired.
In other business, the board reviewed the mission statement of the district, which is Inspire, Grow, Engage, and after discussion decided to keep the statement the same, as it reflects what the board wants to continue working towards.
Under the consent agenda, the board agreed to pass various policy changes sent from the Kentucky School Board Association.
Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor
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