PTOs who host food-related fundraisers in District 97 schools during the school day can breathe a sigh of relief. While the D97 school board had verbally committed to reapplying for a state waiver that would allow “competitive food sales” in their buildings, the board has formally submitted their application to the state.

The PTOs at Brooks and Julian had urged the district to reapply for the waiver. Both groups, along with CAST and BRAVO, conduct food fundraisers at their schools. Lunch sales at Brooks alone net about $50,000 for the PTO and BRAVO performing arts program. D97’s current five-year waiver expires at the close of this current year and the district plans to seek another five-year commitment. Therese O’Neill, D97’s assistant superintendent for finance and operations, said she’s confident that the state will approve the waiver.

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