California charter school approved for organic meals

City school officials approved an extra $95,000 annually to support program.

May 28—A menu change is on the order for Santa Rosa, Calif.'s French-American public charter school in August after city schools officials approved spending an additional $95,300 annually to support plans for organic meals and a communal-style dining experience for students enrolled at the institution, now finishing its first year of instruction.

The funds would support a chef and one extra food service worker, beyond the one worker the school currently has, and a culinary program that would set apart the elementary school in yet another way from all other Santa Rosa public schools, where standard cafeteria-style meals and settings are still on the menu.

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