Superintendent Dale Skinner wanted to set the record straight at the School Board Committee meeting Tuesday night, Feb. 5, regarding an investigative report on school cafeteria health inspections.
The Natchitoches Parish School District was included in a list of schools that were written up by state health inspectors for health code violations during the most recent academic year.
The 61 violations in Natchitoches were not critical violations, according to Skinner, who said he resents the fact that the information was published in a way that made it look like the school district was feeding children in a hazardous environment.
Some of the violations are minor equipment repairs such as a leak in the walk-in cooler and outside freezer. Another is “mops not hung where they can air correctly.” They also include:
Repair gauges on dishwasher, milk cooler needs repair, courtyard door needs weather stripping, and missing floor tiles around freezer.
If the building has a leak which has caused damage to the ceiling tiles, this is considered a hazard. Skinner assured the board that measures will be taken to correct everything and that the children’s health and safety always comes first.
To see inspection reports for schools and area restaurants search by name online at https://la.healthinspections.us/stateoflouisiana/. The NPJ pulled the most recent inspection reports for a few of the area schools (SEE DOCUMENTS BELOW).