Schools told not to overcharge for milk
School Milk Foundation says low price on carton cannot be altered
After some kids paid extra for milk this school year, The School Milk Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador is taking steps to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
“We found a couple of schools throughout the province that were inadvertently charging a bit more than what the price is,” said John Moores, general manager of the foundation. “We print that price right on the package so that the students know what they’re supposed to be paying.”
The non-profit foundation - subsidized by producers, processors and the provincial government - makes milk a more accessible choice for children by selling it in schools below regular retail price. The current price is 55 cents for a 250-ml container and $1.10 for a 500-ml container.
The foundation tweeted a release Nov. 14 reminding schools they are required to charge those prices after a few parents said they were being charged more.
“Any time the price of milk goes up, there are different sensitivities around that, so par- ents were pretty quick to contact the foundation and ask why the price had gone up so much, and of course, it hadn’t gone up at all,” Moores said.
Moores said as far as the foundation is aware, the issue was limited to two schools.
“But it’s always good to send out a reminder to make sure that everybody’s aware of what children and parents should be paying for milk in schools,” he said.
He said there is no way of knowing how much was overcharged, and the foundation hopes the mistake hasn’t negatively affected students.
As well, Parsons said fixed caps sizes don’t take into consideration the composition of classrooms, which may have several students with identified needs.
“I think we’re more numbers-based rather than needbased,” he said.
Meanwhile, Parsons said he has heard rumblings recently the school system on the Burin Peninsula is due for a review.
“One of the things I’m hearing is restructuring in the Marystown and Burin area. I can’t even see where you would start the conversation with the schools we got there now,” he said.
School closures in Lamaline and Lawn have also been talked about on a number of occasions in the past, he said.