Got (chocolate) milk?
The W-F School Board voted to do so when it met on Monday, Dec. 12.
Prior to the vote, chocolate milk was available daily for high school students but only on Fridays for elementary and middle school students.
Board member Sandy Smith abstained from voting, saying she would have liked more information. Jim Stuebs was absent.
The other board members voted in favor of the change.
It was during the board's Nov. 28 meeting that the question was asked why chocolate milk was not offered as a daily milk choice for all students.
District Administrator Scott Bleck offered to have the district's Nutrition Committee take up the discussion, but then, a motion was made during this month's board meeting to have chocolate milk available daily for all students.
"I think the board can say, 'Offer it,' and it's done," Board President Neal Loehrke said.
Initially, there was discussion about having chocolate milk available as a choice any time that milk is available to the students.
However, concerns were expressed by some, including Elementary Principal Kirk Delwiche, about having chocolate milk be an option during the milk breaks in the district's two elementary schools.
"You realize that added sugar to a child's diet is not going to help when they are trying to focus," Delwiche said.
Loehrke said his wife sends chocolate milk with their children for their milk breaks.
Cole Hildebrand, a junior at W-F High School and the student representative on the board, agreed that chocolate milk should be available as an option for all students in the district, even during milk breaks.
He said if some parents did not want their children to have it, they could make that known to the teachers.
But, Delwiche said the behavior of students having chocolate milk during an afternoon break could affect the students not having it.
"Can you discipline the child?" Hildebrand asked.
Board member Doug Ehrenberg said, "Why should you have to?"
As a result, board member Randy Yorkson amended his original motion to say that chocolate milk should only be available to students at breakfast and lunch.
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