[QUOTE]who would expect that first graders and older elementary schoolers wouldnt' be allowed knives/QUOTE]
Actually, I was surprised the school even had knives. I figured all the zero tolerance craziness would have eliminated such "weapons" from the school.
I think the fresh foods costing more is less a factor of ingredients (flour, yeast, tomato sauce) and more a factor of labor (needing more work hours on prepping food, and more work hours on washing dishes). The new schools in my district are built with kitchens incapable of washing lunch trays because they determined it is cheaper to buy a day's worth of styrofoam trays than pay an employee to wash a day's worth of trays. ugh.
I don't foresee my district making any changes, and I think the food policy is governed district wide, so I'm not sure how how power each school has to make changes. I guess I need to pack lunches even more often than I do currently.