Global sourcing challenges impact food products and technology in local school districts


PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) – Local school districts are feeling the impact of global supply chain issues.

Dr Joseph Sander, deputy superintendent of Washington Community High School, said that every year changes in inventory are expected, but challenges in the global supply chain have further complicated matters.

“It’s almost like every week we see things that we would normally have ordered, we can’t get in,” Dr Sander said.

Sander said demand for items ranged from tech to breakfast items, like Baked Lays.

“This is the approved snack chip that we can sell on our campus, there has been a shortage in this product,” Sander said.

This particular need is now leading the district to modify its nutritional code to cope.

“They allowed us to sell other crisps that in the past did not meet nutritional guidelines so that we could offer something to our students,” Sander said.

Leaders at Limestone Community High School said their district has also experienced food shortages, including water packs.

Principal Charlie Zimmerman said the district was also struggling to get hold of important technology.

“Our firewall, we had a part that we had to buy, and the chips weren’t quite ready,” Zimmerman said.

Zimmerman said this means slower internet speeds in an age where the emphasis is on technology.

“It’s getting a little difficult for our teachers who have planned, I’m going to use the internet, here’s how we’re going to use it in what capacity,” Zimmerman said.

Despite the difficulties in the supply chain, the two principals said staff were doing their best with the resources they had until the global problem was corrected.

“I think they did a great job with what was going on and found new ways to attack and achieve certain goals for our students,” Zimmerman said.

Zimmerman and Sander said there was also a shortage of items like paint for athletic fields. Sander explains that his district can start buying more paint when it’s available, instead of buying as needed.


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