Parents Needed to Fill Openings on HISD’s Food Services Parent Advisory Committee

As I mention on The Spork Report’s About page, one of the ways in which I’m involved in school food reform efforts here in HISD is my participation in the district’s Food Services Parent Advisory Committee.

The PAC was set up by the district to obtain parent feedback and advice about school food menus.  (The district’s description of the committee and its mission is here).  I’ll be perfectly honest and say I’m never quite sure if the PAC is a real driver of change or if the menu improvements we’ve seen in the past year or so (and there have been many – details to follow in coming posts) were in the pipeline already.  But, either way, participation on the PAC allows you to meet in person with Food Services employees to discuss concerns and to get firsthand information about our school food.  The department is open to our questions and I’ve been impressed by how much time HISD Food Services employees are willing to devote to our meetings, which in the past have included tours of the central kitchen facility and menu tastings.

The PAC is supposed to have 45 members, five appointees from each of the nine school board trustees’ districts.  In reality, however, many of the appointee slots are unfilled, there is constant turnover among appointees, and only a core group of five to ten parents show up regularly to most meetings.  So if you’re a parent of a child in HISD and are interested in actively serving on the PAC (i.e., you’re willing and able to attend a meeting every month or two, during the daytime), consider contacting your school board trustee to apply.

Here is a list provided to me by HISD Food Services of the current open positions, listed by trustee name:  Galloway: four open slots; Stipeche: three open slots, Lunceford: three open slots; Meyers: one open slot; Eastman: no open slots; Moore: no open slots; Marshall: three open slots; Harris, one open slot; and Rodriguez, two open slots.

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One thought on “Parents Needed to Fill Openings on HISD’s Food Services Parent Advisory Committee

  1. Pingback: A Note Just for Houston ISD Parents: Openings on the Food Services PAC

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