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Manteca high schools retaining brunch while cutting early breakfast
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Early breakfast is being eliminated next school year at all Manteca Unified high schools but brunch will remain.

At the same time lunch periods will be consolidated into one at East Union, Sierra, Lathrop, and Weston Ranch high schools by deploying more kiosks and expanding points of sale to accommodate more students. Manteca High will retain two lunch periods as the current cafeteria is too small to accommodate a consolidation.

It is part of an effort that brings expenses in line with a drop-off in school breakfast and lunch participation to reduce any intrusion of nutritional services on the general fund that covers the cost of classroom education.

The Manteca Unified board Tuesday approved streamlining nutritional operations to keep nutritional services in line with revenue and expenses based on the recommendation of a budget advisory committee consisting of board members, certificated and classified staff as well as California School Employee Association representatives that outlined consolidations and staff reorganization.

Victoria Brunn, the MUSD director of community outreach, noted the 7 a.m. breakfasts at each high school typically serve 10 to 15 students. Brunch, that takes place at 9 a.m., usually serves 300 to 400 students at each comprehensive campus. Brunn said the menus for breakfast and brunch are the same.

Part of the plan that goes into effect for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year starting in August also includes consolidation of 11 production kitchens into six locations.

District Superintendent Clark Burke said every effort is being made to avoid classified employees losing jobs by taking advantage of openings created by attrition. That is determined by skill sets and other considerations. If bumping has to take place based on seniority and other reasons it will be under a process that was agreed to by the CSEA and district.

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