New School Year, New School Programs

By: Joe Gagnon Email
By: Joe Gagnon Email

After District 51 schools opened their doors for the 2008-2009 academic year on Monday, students and parents can expect changes to some commonplace programs. Because of the rising costs of gas, fewer parents are expected to drive their kids to classes. District 51 Transportation Director Dave Montoya says students should expect buses to be much more crowded than last year.

The school district's nutrition program decided to bolster healthier food choices this academic year as well. While hamburgers and hot dogs are still menu options, schools will be stressing more healthy dishes such as salads and turkey sandwiches. Because food prices are soaring nationally, Janet Mossburg from the school's nutrition department says many more parents are buying meal plans for their children than ever before. Especially since the prices for school lunch barely raised at all.

The district's website,, is taking full advantage of the internet's capabilites. From buying your meals before school starts, to finding the closest bus stop to your house.

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