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Schools & Sports

The Leavenworth Echo • August 5, 2009

School board decides to outsource lunch service By Chelsea Gorrow Staff writer The Cascade School District will be outsourcing lunch service next school year. This, after the school board accepted a bid from Chartwells’ Educational Dining Services at the July 20 Cascade School Board meeting. Concerns of the move eliminating jobs could not be further from the truth, says Chartwells’

District Manager John Maupin. In fact, he says, it could create more positions. “One of the things that we’re looking at doing is contracting out the management of our food service,” Superintendent Rob Clark told the board. “The employees who currently work for us in our food service program will continue to be our employees. They will not be Chartwells’. They’ll work off of our salary

schedule, they will be evaluated by us, they are retained by us.” Maupin added, “In the schools that we go in to, we usually add labor. We don’t take it away. We generally get more kids in the program so then we add more staff.” Board Chair Teddy Reike said the district would save $56,000 by outsourcing food service. In the past, lunch has been prepared in-school.

“We’re going to provide you with the best service we can while being fiscally responsible,” Maupin said. The board approved the bid. “This is a historical moment,” said Reike. “And I say that because for the past five years, we’ve been working on this. It’s been a challenge for us, to say the least, and we have Dr. Clark to thank for cleaning up a lot of the areas around food service

Back-to-school checklist for health Submitted by Louise Maxwell, Public Relations Specialist, Seattle’s Children’s Hospital Backpacks are full of fresh pencils and paper and new shoes are waiting by the door, but just because the supplies are ready for a new school year doesn’t mean that children are. Experts at Seattle Children’s Hospital have put together a Healthy Child Checklist to ensure that children and parents are prepared for the first day of school. As the countdown to the first day of school begins, health and safety questions on a variety of issues surface – from vaccinations to nutrition to nerves. As children get ready to start waking up earlier and deal with anxiety about going to school, parents worry about issues like safety, illness and whether or not their child’s medication will be dispensed properly at school. “Back to school is understandably an anxious time for parents and children alike,” says pediatrician Dr. Ben Danielson at

Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic in Seattle. “By taking a few easy steps, parent’s can remove the stress associated with back-toschool and rest assured that their children are well prepared for a healthy and productive year ahead.” To help ease this transition, pediatric health experts at Seattle Children’s Hospital have put together a first day of school health checklist to help parents keep kids healthy and safe throughout the school year. Make sure your child’s immunizations are current. Start getting your child to bed at a set time a week or two before school starts. 6 to 9 year-olds need 10 hours, preteens need 9 hours, and teens need about 8 to 9 1/2 hours of sleep each night. Stock up on healthy snacks and lunch fixings. Low-fat dressing for dipping veggies, dried fruit, nuts, low-fat yogurt, pretzels, low-fat cheese, cut veggies and fruit that is all ready to grab-and-go. Don’t forget to buy a water bottle so your child can easily drink water and

stay hydrated during the day. Find out if your child will have P.E. during the day and how much time is spent at recess. Children need 60 minutes of physical activity each day, so provide time and space for them to be active after school to get a total of at least 60 minutes. Figure out your child’s transportation plan and before- and after-school care, if needed. If your child is over 10 and will walk or bike to school, identify a safe route and make sure they know how to walk or bike safely. If biking, make sure they have a properly-fitted bike helmet. Talk to your child about what will be expected and any concerns they may have. Let them ask questions anytime. Develop ground rules for your child to follow if he or she is about 11 or older and will be spending time alone at home after school. Think about if friends are allowed over, cooking rules, TV and computer rules, answering the door and phone, etc. Give your child a chance to practice being home alone before the school year starts.

Find out the school’s rules about medicine for kids old enough to handle monitoring and treatment at school. If your child is too young to self-administer, find out who handles medicines at the school and ensure they are familiar with your child’s needs. Learn about emergency plans at your child’s school. Work on a plan for how to deal with illness during the school year – sick children should stay home to prevent the spread of illness to others. Arrange your calendar so you can spend extra time with your child the first week of school; transitions can be hard and just being together in the evenings can help. Doctors and experts at Seattle Children’s Hospital are available to provide further insight on these topics and a broad array of other pediatric health issues to help parents and children prepare for the school season. Please contact Louise Maxwell at or 206-987-5210 with inquiries.

and we have been able to take this opportunity to look at having a food service come in.” Chartwells’ serves 35 school districts in Washington State and approximately 600 nationwide. Maupin said each school district’s program is customized, with staff, parent and student input always welcome. Menus vary according to likes and dislikes of the students. A chef will be hired before the school year starts. “The chef I am going to bring in for Rob and all of you (the board) to meet is a chef in a private school currently and has been for the last four years in the Portland area and has been cooking at the golf courses and country clubs, too,” Maupin said. “He’s excited about the opportunity to come up here and he’s familiar with Leavenworth and has been here before. His name is Wolfgang, but the fact that he’s a German is kind of ironic and a coincidence. It just happened by accident.” There is potential to have food

demonstrations and made-toorder sandwiches and salads, as well as other options for students in a food court setting, Maupin said. The high school and middle school cafeterias will be configured to look like a food court with different stations, such as one’s with an Italian theme or an American grill. Catering services from Chartwells for school and staff functions will also be available. Nutritionists and dietitians will be working with Chartwells continually, Maupin told the board. He said all food will follow USDA guidelines, and there will be an emphasis on educating students on nutrition. Maupin said 75 percent of the school districts choose to keep their employees and he’s all for it. The only Chartwells’ employee will be the manager on site. Chelsea Gorrow can be reached at 548-5286 or

Sports council selects Liske to fill vacancy Submitted by Eric Granstrom Director of Marketing, Wenatchee Valley Sports Council The Wenatchee Valley Sports Council selected former National Football League (NFL) and Canadian Football League (CFL) quarterback Pete Liske to fill a vacancy on its board of

directors. Liske was among five candidates who vied to fill the spot left by Arlberg Sport’s Scott Paton. Liske will officially join the board at its Aug. 11 meeting at Ohme Gardens. The Wenatchee Valley Sports Council is an advisory board which oversees the promotion and development of sports leagues, events and facilities in the Wenatchee Valley. Formed

in 1999, the sports council board of directors is made up of 15 members of the community, all with sports and recreation affiliation. Liske played 12-years in the CFL and NFL at quarterback, with teams such as the New York Jets, Denver Broncos, Philadelphia Eagles and Calgary Stempeders. Liske also served as an NFL official for five years,

Association Athletic Director for the University of Washington, Athletic Director at the University of Idaho and helped build a $20-million baseball stadium and raise $130 million for the athletic department for his alma mater, Penn State University. Liske and his wife, Deb, have retired to make their home in Wenatchee, where Pete is a member of the Chelan County Football Officials Association. When asked why he wanted to join the sports council board, Liske said, “I would like to utilize a unique, long and multi-faceted athletics background in support of the Wenatchee Valley Sports Council. I have a strong marketing and fund-raising history in my collegiate athletics administrative career and was also quite active in the Denver Broncos Alumni Program for Community Support.” Wenatchee Valley Sports Council president Caryl Morrell said, “It’s great to have someone with such a wide background and experience on the SC board and to have someone with (Pete’s) knowledge and apparent time (because of retirement) to help us is a real plus!” For information contact Eric Granstrom at 509-663-3723 or






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The captains of the Cascade High School Volleyball team helped up and coming players practice their skills with the three-day summer workshop in preparation for the fall tryouts. The captains, Leah Newell and Hillary Pulse, along with coach Marni McMahon, told the girls it was more than just talent, volleyball was about character and being a team.

Upper Valley Golf Kahler Glen Ladies Golf Submitted by Kaye Crandall July 28 Results - Monthly Medal Competition Division 1 Low Gross: Carol Pierce Division 1 Three-way tie for Low Net: Carol Billesbach, Kaye Crandall and Barb Davis Division 1 Least Putts: Carol Pierce Division 2 Low Gross: Sandy Holiday Division 2 Low Net: Pat Watts Division 2 Least Putts: Sandy Holiday Birdie: Pat Watts Chip-Ins: Barb Davis, Sandy Holiday, Judy Knell and Pam Nicklas As low net of field Carol Pierce qualified as a finalist for the President’s Trophy Playoff.

Leavenworth Ladies Golf Results for July 29 will be published next week.

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