FNSB School District nutrition services used as 'best practice' example

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District's nutrition services department recently had an audit review, earning praise from the auditors as the best program they have seen in 10 years.

According to the National school lunch program regulations, the nutrition services department is required to be reviewed by the state of Alaska every three years.

Director of nutrition services, Amy Rouse, said that the state has a contract with auditors out of Florida.

This year, these auditors visited Alaska's Interior in the last week of October, and spent three days at four schools observing breakfast, lunch, the after school snack service, and the fresh fruits and vegetable service.
Rouse added that the auditors even took copies of the department's files to share with others as an example of best practice.

“They said our ware house was one of the best ran that they had seen in all of their years of doing reviews, said our program was very well ran all of the paperwork that we provided them was well organized and they actually took some of our paperwork as examples of best practice," she said.

The Central Kitchen Facility, located at 1305 Charles Street, services 22 of the district's schools - including 19 elementary schools, the 'alternative to suspension' program, star of the North Charter School in North Pole, and the BRIDGE program.

Middle schools and high schools produce meals on site.