James Buchanan school cafeterias fail health inspections

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The kitchens at James Buchanan High School and Middle School failed the most recent health department inspections, with the state citing mouse droppings near food and other violations.

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blackknight

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Feb 26, 2010
 
quit_yo_bit---- wrote:
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And how much did you actually spend on the track Jim? The money came from A) state grants, initiated by the late Terry Punt and B) donations by volunteer citizens...so unless YOU donated money or somehow can single out that TSD taxpayers were the only ones paying for the state grants, you just another prime example of people who only see one side of the story. Learn your facts before you post somewhere again.
The fact is that the track has NOTHING to do w/ this issue, as all the money secured for the track were raised by outside parties. Even so, the track was a good investment regardless. Not only were we not allowed to host a home meet on the old track due to PIAA guidelines, but have you ever run on a dirt track? If you have, and you have also run on a track similar to the one that we have installed, then you would notice a great deal of difference between the two in comfort. Besides the comfort factor, running on dirt also makes you more likely to injure an ankle or knee, as the ground isnt nearly as stable.
Ok lets talk money. Show us the full amount the grants covered of the track???? Well.. And then where do you think the money terry puck got to help with the track from us!!! Which the rest came right off the top of that years taxes. People please think when the area buys something like the track or etc it starts with us paying for it and ends with us paying for it period.
Jim

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#69
Feb 27, 2010
 
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I'd like to inspect the kitchens of all these "concerned" parents. I suspect there would be many cleanliness issues identified...and probably the ones criticizing the loudest have the filthiest homes!
So that makes it okay??? I have no idea nor do I care about the cleanliness of the homes of the posters. However, the school is a public instution and is "required" to follow specific health guidelines. People are paid to follow through and Ms Erb is the one who is required to enforce this. But as her performance has highlighted, she either doesn't have the skills or talent needed to effectively carry out her job responsibilities. It's high time the Board of Directors takes decisive action and quits cowtowing to her. She truly has them convinced that they answer to her as we can all see by their inaction in so many important decisions.
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Feb 27, 2010
 
What upsets me is that a memo was not sent home when the initial inspection was done. We were notified the day AFTER it was on channel 21 news, 3 weeks after the inspection!
Becky

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Feb 27, 2010
 
For cryin out loud, you people act like mice are crawling all over the counters contaminating everything. Please, if you only knew what you're eating at restaurants you'd never eat out again. Fact is, no kids got sick and there's no proof that turds were found IN the jello mix,only on the shelves. But nothing like the topix forum to get all the community wackos all up in arms ready to shut down the school anytime a minor incident is found. You can bet the problem has been rectified so all you Nervous Nellies can move on to the next b**ch session. Just go lay down.
Jim

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Feb 27, 2010
 

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For cryin out loud, you people act like mice are crawling all over the counters contaminating everything. Please, if you only knew what you're eating at restaurants you'd never eat out again. Fact is, no kids got sick and there's no proof that **** were found IN the jello mix,only on the shelves. But nothing like the topix forum to get all the community wackos all up in arms ready to shut down the school anytime a minor incident is found. You can bet the problem has been rectified so all you Nervous Nellies can move on to the next b**ch session. Just go lay down.
Hey if a school district can't pass a health department inspection that is pathetic. If your kids want to eat rat poop then have at it. Some of us expect higher standards. You didn't see the other school districts listed did you??? What a kind of a jerk are you? Now you did get that this is retorical, as you comments pretty much answered that question. Maybe your hair net is just cutting off your circulation and decreased an adequate blood suply to your peanut sized brain.
Big Dog

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Feb 28, 2010
 
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Well aren't you the bright star in this. Last time I checked state grants are not manna from heaven but TAX DOLLARS paid by people like me a home owner who pays over $9,000 a year to apparently have a school so poorly run that it can't pass a health inspection. And I don't believe that I said that taxpayers were the only ones who paid for the track but let's be real that's where the bulk of the money came from. Any just in case you're interested and you very well may not be, I am a marathon runner and have been running for years. And yes I have run on dirt tracks and don't have a problem with that, even at my age. However, I have the opinion, as a well educated person, that the primary goal of schools is education in a classroom. Check out the Robert Wood Johnson Foundations site and see how Franklin County rates in college graduates, pretty dismal indeed. Maybe you can check out those facts before you tell me how to think. I am always fascinated by small minded people who get so offended when someone disagrees with them. Have a nice life, that is if you can dislodge that bug that seems to be causing you such intense discomfort.
Please tell me your joking on the 9k. If you are saying that you pay 9 grand in property tax then you must be living in some mansion that I've never seen in this area. I think your stretching the truth a bit. Also, my daughter came home with a note from the school explaining all of this did anyone else on here that is complaining about taxes and the track (which by the way in April you can use as a public).
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Feb 28, 2010
 
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Please tell me your joking on the 9k. If you are saying that you pay 9 grand in property tax then you must be living in some mansion that I've never seen in this area. I think your stretching the truth a bit. Also, my daughter came home with a note from the school explaining all of this did anyone else on here that is complaining about taxes and the track (which by the way in April you can use as a public).
You may find it curious but not everyone lives in a shack and when they don't the TSD finds a way to tax us again and again - even when it's not a "mansion". So much for finding a good job and saving up for a nice place. If you don't think people like me pay this rate of tax then you need to get out a little more. And I have no interest in using the track, I don't think my stomach could handle it. But I'm not surpised that the school district continues to waste more money printing up notes to defend bad decisions. When is the last time they sent home notes to defend a big purchase of books or computers. You won't see it in our life time.
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You may find it curious but not everyone lives in a shack and when they don't the TSD finds a way to tax us again and again - even when it's not a "mansion". So much for finding a good job and saving up for a nice place. If you don't think people like me pay this rate of tax then you need to get out a little more. And I have no interest in using the track, I don't think my stomach could handle it. But I'm not surpised that the school district continues to waste more money printing up notes to defend bad decisions. When is the last time they sent home notes to defend a big purchase of books or computers. You won't see it in our life time.
I do get out quite a bit and live in the area and live very modestly and my taxes aren't no where near that. Could be the area I live in but, who knows.

It's not an excuse but, the fact it's winter time and there ripping parts of the school up and the fact it's the middle of a field would surely be why things like this has happened. Also, the story is a bit wrong as everything was in plastic containers but, the droppings were beside the containers. Not saying that is a good thing but, at least they could have printed that instead of stretching it like they did.
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Considering the school is surrounded by cornfields - it shouldn't be too surprising that rodents might be more of a challenge in that building.

I propose that TSD invest in a team of cats.

Cats eat mice. Problem solved.

They dont need to be in the building. Just living on the perimeter.

Move the cats from the Legion over to the high school.

Or...you can raise taxes, hire a consultant and get a new contractor.
Jim

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Feb 28, 2010
 
Deer Seer wrote:
Considering the school is surrounded by cornfields - it shouldn't be too surprising that rodents might be more of a challenge in that building.
I propose that TSD invest in a team of cats.
Cats eat mice. Problem solved.
They dont need to be in the building. Just living on the perimeter.
Move the cats from the Legion over to the high school.
Or...you can raise taxes, hire a consultant and get a new contractor.
While I love your two suggestions I fear that if past actions are any indication of future behavior that our illustrious administrators and school board will choose the latter minus the new food service contractor as that would be too logical.
read the reports

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The inspection was done on February 9th. School
was closed for 3 days (blizzard). Expected return inspection was the 22nd. The high school corrected their problems and no further action was necessary. The middle school's problems were corrected as much as possible. The problems out of compliance were things which needed to be fixed by the Maintenance Department of the Tuscarora School District. So, obviously, the school district needed more than 1 week to fix the situation. Maybe next time work needs to be done they will take it seriously. The women of the cafeteria's do their best to keep up with the rodent problems. It's not the nicest part of the job! But until all the access points are fixed they will continue to come in. This has been going on for years and previous Director's were never blamed. So, hopefully the new food service program will keep on top of the situation - now that they are aware of the problems. They should have done walk throughs to check storage areas and the managers should have told them about the on going problems. One error in the newspaper article was the fact that all cafeteria personnel are ServSafe Certified. This is not true. Only managers are certified. It would be great if the new directors would provide the opportunity for all personnel to be certified. Read the reports provided by the Department of Health on food service inspections. You will be surprsied how many schools have problems and you may be a little more cautious about what restaurants you visit.
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Feb 28, 2010
 
You're going to ignore this little problem until it scurries up and bites you on the a$$.
Not Suprised

Greenville, SC

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Mar 2, 2010
 
Having gone through this school district, I am not the least bit suprised. It is not only the cafeteria that is infested, but the whole school. Honestly, I've seen numerous roaches, unidentifiable bugs, mold and mice. We all remember the boiler incident that closed the middle school because it released asbestos into the air. Granted all large buildings have problems, but this is just pathetic.
I would never put my kids through the Tuscarora school district.

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