We first told you Tuesday that the Sheridan County School District 2 Board of Trustees came to a consensus that legal counsel should be sought when it comes to investigating alternative ways to support the fruits and vegetables program currently available at one of the schools.
Since the program involves federal grant funding, the trustees and staff have to mind their p's and q's, as superintendent Craig Dougherty explains.
That federal grant funding that helps provide the fresh fruits and veggies and pay for the additional man hours to prepare the food is called Title 1 funding. Dougherty says though Title 1 funds are the most controlled funding source the district has access too, it's is extremely beneficial.
District business manager Roxie Taft says the funding provides fresh fruits and veggies at one of the schools, three days a week typically, at a cost of $18,000 - $20,000 per year. Legal counsel should be able to explain if the food can be donated or if that would be in violation of federal guidelines.