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CNAC Meeting Minutes for February 8, 2006


Child Nutrition Advisory Council

An Advisory Body to the State Board Of Education
Meeting Minutes

Friday, February 8, 2006
9:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 3102
Sacramento, CA  95814

Members Present

Members Present Representing
Richard Greene (Chair) School Nutrition Services Director
Rob Challinor Curriculum Coordinator
Phyllis Bramson- Paul (Executive Secretary) California Department of Education (CDE), Nutrition Services Division (NSD)
Donnell Ewert School Board Member
Paul Gardner III Student Representative/Board of Education Liaison
John Peukert School Business Officials
Melodee Lopez Lay Representative
Gini Natali PTA Representative
LeAnn Onasch School Food Service Supervisor/Manager
Lucy McProud Nutrition Education Health Specialist
Molly West Nutrition Education Specialist

Advisors

Advisors Representing
Yvonne Chan SBE Member/Liaison
Betty Hennessy Physical Education/Activity

Guests

Guests Representing
West Ramsey

Special Assistant, NSD, CDE

Elizabeth Moreno Nutrition Education Consultant, NSD, CDE
Sharyn Hamer Manager CDE Training Officer/Facilitator
Karen Farley California WIC Association

Members Absent

Members Absent Representing
Lloyd Porter (Vice Chair) Classroom Teacher
Wendell Chun School Administrator

Call to Order (Richard Greene)

Mr. Richard Greene, Child Nutrition Advisory Council (CNAC) Chair, called the meeting to order at 9:20 a.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Introductions

All members and guests introduced themselves.

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was reviewed, and a motion was made and passed. The Chair retained his right to change the order of business as necessary.

Approval of October 12, 2005 Meeting Minutes

The Council reviewed the minutes from the last meeting. A motion was made and seconded to approve the December 16, 2005 meeting minutes as drafted with some minor changes.

Public Comment

Karen Farley from the California WIC Association spoke briefly regarding childhood obesity and handed out the publication Preventing Overweight in Children from Birth to Five Years Old: Overview for Decision Makers.

Nutrition Services Update

Implementation of SB 281

Phyllis informed the Council that the SB 281 California Fresh Start (CFS) Pilot Program Emergency Regulations and Evaluation Guidelines were pulled from the State Board of Education (Board) January meeting and that they will be heard by the Board at the March meeting.

There was much discussion of the requirements of the program. Several Council members expressed that the requirements were too stringent in defining quality and priority. Phyllis stated there would be time after the emergency regulations were adopted for the Council to provide input prior to the final regulations being voted on by the Board. Council members stated that they would like to give input to the Board prior to adoption of the final regulations.

The public hearing of the proposed regulations is likely take place in May.

A motion was made and passed that CNAC support moving forward on SB 281 regulations as written. The Council would like to discuss the definition of priority and give input to the State Board of Education prior to the adoption of the final regulations.

Summary of Budget Requests/Governor’s Budget

Phyllis stated that the Governor’s Proposed Budget requests $18.2 million dollars for the California Fresh Start Pilot Program to become a permanent program.

Phyllis also stated that there is a push for $70 million for state meal reimbursement program to change the amount from $.14 to $.20.5 per meal.

Legislation

Phyllis stated that the Assembly Education Committee passed AB 622 with a unanimous vote (which raises the state meal reimbursement rate to $.20.5 per meal).

Council Business (Richard Greene)

Review of CNAC Goals and Objectives

Sharyn Hamer, Manager of the CDE Training Office, facilitated the Council in its proposed goals and objectives for 2006.
The Council identified eight goals and narrowed them down to the four most important goals on which to focus. Council members developed objectives to support these goals.
Council members requested that the goals and objectives be typed up and distributed to members via e-mail to review prior to discussion of them at the next meeting.

Review of the Bylaws

The Council furthered its discussion from the December 16, 2005 meeting regarding changes in the Bylaws to reflect setting different attendance parameters and whether alternates should be allowed. A motion was made that alternates would not be allowed, as they would have to be appointed by the SBE. The motion passed.

Members then discussed whether language should be added to the Bylaws related to “acceptable” number of absences and what consequences should be outlined if members exceed the number of allowed absences in a given year. The Council proposed changes to the Bylaws to include a section on Attendance.

Update on “Healthy Meals..By Design” Document

Phyllis Bramson-Paul spoke briefly about the most recent draft of the “Healthy Meals, by Design” document.

Process for Changing CNAC Name and SBE Approval

Cathy McBride, CDE Governmental Affairs Representative, who was to provide and update to the Council, was unable to attend the meeting.

CNAC Meeting Calendar

The upcoming calendar of CNAC meetings was reviewed briefly. It was moved and passed to change the April 14 meeting to March 22 due to realign with the board meetings and a conflict with spring break. Many of the council members realized that the April date conflicted with their school district's Spring Break schedule. Currently scheduled meetings are as follows:

  • Wednesday, March 22, 2006
  • Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Further meeting dates will be discussed at the March 22 meeting.

Final Business (Richard Greene)

The Chair reviewed the items discussed that needed to be placed on the March meeting agenda which included:

  • Two briefing sessions related to the goals and objectives: “health standards” and “Preschool for All”.
  • Update from Cathy McBride, Governmental Affairs regarding the name change and change in membership.

Adjournment

A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting. The motion passed and the meeting was adjourned early at 4:00 p.m.

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