More kids are eating meals served in Green Lake schools, and that means food service revenues are up, too.

But a deficit remains in its free-and-reduced meal program.

That’s because the Green Lake School District hasn’t participated in the federal program since dumping it in February 2015.

The subsidies program reimburses schools for students who qualify for free-and-reduced prices, but the board bowed out after concerns about the quality of required food and low participation.

However, with the onset of a deficit that closely aligns with what the district would receive in federal dollars, the board has been debating returning to the federal program for more than a year and a half.

At the board’s meeting last week, the monthly update on the food service financial report contained some hopeful news.

“The discussion [at the finance committee meeting] and the reports show that the program’s moving in the right direction; it’s trending toward increased participation and increased revenue,” said board member Meade Grim, who serves as the board’s treasurer. “... While our expenses are under our revenues, showing a program deficit, [the report] will show you that there’s very close-matching similarities to the revenues that we give away in free-and-reduced [meals].

“So our program deficit is matching up to our free-and-reduced policy, and that was something that we wanted to look at and keep in mind when we look at these reports and look at these programs.”

Read the full story in the Nov. 23, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.