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Central Lee now has its own food service director

March 30, 2017 GMT

DONNELLSON – Central Lee Community School District has a new food service director after 10 years.

Amy Fogarty of Donnellson started working as the district’s new food service director this month.

The district had a total of 18 candidates.

The last full time food service director for Central Lee was in 2007. Since then, the district shared a food service director, Melanie Quereto, with Fort Madison Community School District. Quereto retired this semester and now Lisa Kibby is the new school director.

Superintendent Andy Crozier said now there will be a person there full-time, every day.

Fogarty has food preparation experience and customer service experience from working at Harvestville Farms, and she was also a retail manager for RJ Reynold’s. She is also co-president of the Parent-Teacher Organization.

“Its a great school district...I thought it was a nice fit for working here,” Fogarty said.

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As the food service director Fogarty will be responsible for evaluating, supervising, coordinating and directing the work duties of all food service employees; giving input to school board members; and monitoring the preparation and distribution of meals in the district.

Although, its an adjustment for Fogarty to manage food in a different environment. Crozier said that she is enjoying it so far.

“Amy is doing great so far,” Crozier said. “She is focused on learning about our operations and evaluating the program as a whole. She is using this information to consider changes for improvement for next year.”

Like most food service directors Fogarty will be responsible for preparing monthly menus, purchasing food commodities, assigning substitutes, keeping records, filing reports and overseeing the cleanliness and proper storage of all equipment.

School Lunch Program

Fogarty said she hopes to survey students as to their lunch preferences. She would like to create a gardening program for students to learn how to grow vegetables and use the food grown to help students learn about agriculture and eat healthy food.

Unpaid Lunch Accounts

Fogarty believes that the current lunch account policy will help with some of the unpaid lunch account.

According to districts report the unpaid lunch account number has dropped to one account with a balance over $100.

“We definitely do not have that much of a severe amount of unpaid lunch accounts,” Fogarty said.

She said it could be every week that she will contact parents and guardians about their accounts, depending on the account’s severity.

Overall Goal

Fogarty said her goal this year is to watch and observe and see how they can improve on the menus to keep moving food on what they can improve on for the overall program.

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“My goal is to run an efficient, healthy, safe and successful kitchen,” Fogarty said. “And hopefully in the process kids will be happy with their meals and get a nutritious meal, So that they can get back to learning.”

Originally from Kahoka

Fogarty was born and raised in Kahoka, Mo., and she is a 1998 graduated from Clark County R-1 High School. She received her bachelor of science degree in liberal arts from the University of Iowa in 2004. Fogarty and her family moved to Donnellson about six years ago – largely, she says, because of the school district.

“We thought that it was a great school district and they’re pretty consistent,” Fogarty said. “I thought that our kids could strive here. They seem concerned about every child and their learning.”

Fogarty and her high school sweetheart Scott, a Farmington native and the district manager for Aldi’s, have been married for 13 years. They have twin sons, Austin and Evan, who are in second grade at Central Lee Elementary and both have participated in soccer, baseball, football, and basketball. The entire family is comprised of sport fans – particularly for the St. Louis Cardinals and Iowa Hawkeyes.