Schools told not to over­charge for milk

School Milk Foun­da­tion says low price on car­ton can­not be al­tered

The Southern Gazette - - EDITORIAL -

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.

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