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Wood BOE rejects free school meal program

Motion falls on 2-2 vote

June 28, 2013

PARKERSBURG — Members of the Wood County Board of Education again rejected a school-wide free lunch program that would have served as many as 11 school....

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Jun-28-13 12:55 AM

No problem approving five figure pay raises though, eh?

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Jun-28-13 1:34 AM

Agree 100% Privatized ! Great post !!

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Jun-28-13 1:38 AM

Thank you. I guess they just count on our faulty memories, hope we don't notice, or just think we're a bunch of suckers.

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Jun-28-13 3:27 AM

Wood BOE is a joke. Hope you enjoy your pay raise while kids go hungry. Nothing but idiots. Anything that helps schools outside the city of Pkb cant be good!!

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Jun-28-13 6:44 AM

The administrators in Wood Co. Education have always been arrogant and dismissive of the public. Wood Co. wouldn't have been eligible for this program if the demographic hadn't shown need. These people should be ashamed of themselves. They aren't living like some of the families working 2 minimum wage jobs to get by. They are all probably getting ready for their exotic summer vacations right now.

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Jun-28-13 7:19 AM

If the federal government had proposed giving money to sports (instead of food for the needy) the vote would have been different.

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Jun-28-13 7:30 AM

As high as 80% of children get free or reduced lunch? So 80% of parents can't afford to feed their own children? It sounds to me like about 80% of parents need to put down the remote and get a job!

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Jun-28-13 8:02 AM

I agree with this decision. Don't fall for the scare tactics. First, the free/reduced meal guidelines are ridiculous; a person with 3 kids and a TEACHER'S salary qualifies for free lunch! In other words, TOO many people qualify. Second, kids don't get turned away from the cafe for ANY reason. Gone are the days when you have to pay cash or buy a lunch ticket--parents are billed for the lunches now. Those that can't pay (or refuse to) simply won't. Why bring the federal government into everything? Remember: if you are a taxpayer, federal money is YOUR money. Also, if Beverly Blough is for it, trust me--you should be against it!

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Jun-28-13 9:20 AM

Newworld, why do you have to bring abortion into the school lunch conversation? Begging for attention much?

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Jun-28-13 11:08 AM

Taxpayers are the ones that pay for those free lunches along with most of the other food they eat. If people can’t afford to feed a child then they don’t need to have one. A person should show a financial plan on how they will raise the child or have a abortion. Thanks to the new immigration law we now have to pay for all illegal’s food and health care. The taxpayers just can’t afford this any longer.

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Jun-28-13 11:27 AM

To the board members who voted against this: Help me understand why you are willing to deny food to hungry children. Shame on you!

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Jun-28-13 11:47 AM

hannahROSE, With the guidlines for this program, they would have hads to feed almost every child in the county.

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Jun-28-13 12:57 PM

Also no problem approving million$ to restore a ball field, right? How long did that take, three days?

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Jun-28-13 2:00 PM

Sad situation! It's time for a change all around in the BOE!!

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Jun-28-13 3:22 PM

Why can't the city of Parkersburg provide for schools within it's boundaires. After all, they just bragged about having 1 million dollars in their accounts.

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Jun-28-13 3:25 PM

@newworld- "If people can’t afford to feed a child then they don’t need to have one."

I hope that you or anyone in your family NEVER loses their job or run into financial problems. Because I guess the logical thing for you to do is to shoot your kids in the head.

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Jun-28-13 3:44 PM

Population control worked for China and they are kicking our butts. Time to start making people responsible for their actions and ease up on the taxpayers. Maybe they need to tax people per child instead of giving them a tax credit.

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Jun-28-13 4:26 PM

The Nazis tried population control too...called Project T-4. You want to roll like that? And China?? They are suffering from that population control by having a skewed female to male ratio. Bad example.

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Jun-28-13 4:35 PM

What's the problem. Want free lunches for kids? Just get a therapist to say it would be a violation of their IEPs. Maybe someone needs to put up a Bad Lunch Fort.

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Jun-28-13 4:37 PM

The BOE socialites have NO idea what is put upon staff daily in the schools! When you don't deal with the children individually every day, you can convince yourself, students don't need that! You expect the school staff to work miracles but you won't give them the tools to do it with! They educate them,counsel them,bath them,clothe them, and now YOU deny them meals?

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Jun-28-13 5:57 PM

Let's set the record straight. The federal government has already provided free breakfast and lunch for kids who need those meals. At the same time, the state provides a food card for those same families, even though these children are provided 10 meals per week free (given they are in school 5 days per week).

My children do not need government entitlements, nor do many other children in Wood County. I agree with previous posters who have clearly stated that federal entitlements are not only creating a society of generations of adults who are content with being supported by my taxes and others who are gainfully employed.

It's time for the government to require that every person receiving an entitlement participate in a community service or other work related project that benefits the tax payers who support them.

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Jun-28-13 6:16 PM

Wake up people! Some are having a hard time here! Providing lunch for their children may help some keep their heads above water for a time. This may allow them to pay other bills or put the money into our community and be a business boost. No, let's send the money over seas to dictator led nations or give the money to other school districts to help their children. Why wouldn't we want to see our tax dollars in our own community. It is the "Mathew effect" the rich get richer, the poor get poorer.

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Jun-28-13 8:30 PM

EVERYONE of these idiots need to be fired! Pat Law should be first on the list to go. He should be ashamed of the job he is doing. My son went to PSHS and just graduated this year and we have had nothing but problems with the so called principal there. The problems started a few months ago when he TRIED to have my son expelled from school for the rest of the year for comments he made on twitter, AT HOME, ON OUR COMPUTER, and the comments had absolutely NOTHING to do with school. We had a meeting at the BOE with the moron Law and another guy and he allowed Eschbacher to talk to us like we were trash, called my son names, like something a five yr old would do, and was a total arrogant jerk!

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Jun-28-13 8:48 PM

After the meeting Law took Eschbachers side (shocker) and said he was going to recommend the expulsion and that I should just "agree" with it. I refused and went straight to speak with a lawyer, who agreed to take our case, and I immedietly let the BOE know this. Long story short...a couple days later, I received a phone call from Pat Law saying he had "CHANGED HIS MIND" and my son was back in school two days later! If he is not willing to do his job and ensure that the kids are being treated fairly and with respect, he needs to step down and let someone with a backbone do it!

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Jun-28-13 10:50 PM

@froggylake, why the he** would i make up this story? I can give you exact dates, not that I NEED to prove anything to you, but here it is..March 20, 2013 I got the FIRST phone call from PSHS stating that my son was getting suspended for 10 days and he(Eschbacher) will recommend expulsion to the BOE. March 28, 2013 we had an informal meeting at the BOE so that we could each explain our side and Law would then make the decision as to agree with PSHS or to end it there and send him back to school when the 10 days were up. Well, it did not take a rocket scientist to predict which side he would agree with. The next step was that I either "go along" with their decision or ask for a hearing in front of BOE (imagine that), where I could bring a lawyer. I informed them there was absolutely no way I was just going to "go along" with them and that I wanted the hearing and I WILL BE BRINGING A LAWYER!

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