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School Board adds member to food panel

The School Board expanded the new Food Service Study Committee by one person on Monday night because board members couldn't decide who to appoint.

"There are five people whom I know are so well-qualified and so involved in this that I would hate to pick only four," board member Ruth Alexander said at the meeting.

From the seven people who applied for the community member positions on the committee, the board selected five to serve: Dan Fellman, who developed a food service software program; Tracy Harding, executive director of the Rogue Valley Farm to School program; Laura Roll, a dietician; Mary Shaw, culinary education specialist at the Ashland Food Cooperative; and Jill Williams, a dental hygienist.

The committee will also be made up of two school board members, one district administrator, two high school students and one district staff member.

The 11 committee members will be tasked with creating a food service program that is healthier and cheaper than the one the district uses now.

Committee members will present the results of their research to the School Board in December.

Contact staff writer Hannah Guzik at 482-3456 ext. 226 or hguzik@dailytidings.com.