Study: Schools faced with $127 million annual cost for paperwork.
A recent study by the American Action Forum might have U.S. school leaders losing their lunch over the First Lady's new healthy guidelines.
Not only will the requirements cost districts more to purchase healthy foods, they'll pay millions just to keep up with paperwork.
“The report mentions more than 900,000 man hours every year in paperwork,” says the AAF's Sam Batkins. “That's just what the government estimates the administrative burdens will be.”
The cost: $127 million annually.
Chris Kamradt is director of Child Nutrition Services at Spring Branch ISD. He say the new guidelines are simply too restrictive for the long haul.
“When I say too restrictive, it limits our choices and increases our costs to where it will be so much harder for us to maintain that fiscal solvency,” Kamradt tells KTRH News.
He says smaller districts cannot absorb new costs like Spring Branch, Houston ISD and others, simply because they lack the volume to do so.
“If you're in a little bitty school district that has an elementary school serving 200 kids, its going to be really hard,” says Kamradt.