Wednesday, June 2, 2010

School Board To Vote On Sale Of Carbonated Drinks

Carbonated drinks may be on their way back to Putnam County high school vending machines on a permanent basis. Such drinks had been banned by the school board a few years ago, but they were allowed on a temporary basis earlier this year. They will vote Thursday on whether to continue the practice of offering sugar-free carbonated beverages. Officials say they hope that offering diet drinks in the vending machines will encourage students to reduce their calorie intake. Some school officials have also said that not offering carbonated drinks in the school vending machines did not necessarily mean that students were avoiding the sugary drinks. They say some students simply brought them to school in their backpacks for consumption during lunch hours. Officials say the sales from vending machines also provide the schools with much-needed revenue.