February 8, 2013

The “cheese sandwich” policy controversy continues

Editor’s note: Below are more Forum comments about the “cheese sandwich” policy controversy at Whitfield County Schools.

“Boy! The Forum sure was cheesy Wednesday.”

“Parents have a responsibility to see that their child’s needs are met. They can pack their child a lunch. Lunch money is not the only thing the children are sent to school without. The number without pencil and paper is amazing. Parents, step up and take care of your child.”

“It is the parent’s responsibility to feed their children. Not the school or the government.  They can take a homemade lunch to school.  Even cheese sandwiches.”

“Mr. Editor, do we have any say on school decisions? Or are those decisions simply dictated by the school? I’ve talked numerous times to the school board only to have Mr. Fordham glare at me or laugh at me while I’m talking. Is there some kind of process we can go through besides elections to find new leadership for our kids? Our county schools are suffering. The cheese sandwich issue isn’t even scratching the surface. We need to do something.”

“To the person referring to us as ‘a Third World country,’ why don’t you contribute to the huge charges? That is the problem. A lot of people think it is everyone else’s place to pay for this. Cut politicians and central office pay! Why is it their place to pay for charges from other families? I am sure Dalton city or Whitfield County would accept any money you would like to donate. I work for Dalton Public Schools and hate that there is not a way to deal with this without going through the students. Please advise if you have a real solution or are ready to dig deep.”

“Maybe any child whose parents can’t afford to buy school lunches should eat cheese sandwiches. Why should those families who actually try to pay their way in life get a slap in the face with a cheese sandwich by the school board? I bet there would be a lot more sandwiches being handed out if they did it this way.”

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