Pharr Elementary passes reinspection

SNELLVILLE - After receiving an unsatisfactory score last week during a routine health inspection, Pharr Elementary School on Tuesday received an A from the Gwinnett County Health Department.

Gwinnett County Public Schools sent a school nutrition program coordinator to work last week with cafeteria employees and provide them with additional training after the school received a 65 on its health inspection. Any score below 70 is considered unsatisfactory.

Pharr Elementary received a 91 on its follow-up inspection.

"The school fared as we would hope and expect our schools to fare," said Sloan Roach, spokeswoman for Gwinnett County Public Schools. "We're pleased with how they did, but we're not surprised because we do expect our schools to meet the standards set by the Health Department."

Gwinnett County Health Department spokesman Vernon Goins said he doesn't expect the school to receive any more unsatisfactory scores.

"I think this (the new score) is typical of what we'll see from now on," he said.

New health inspection regulations that began Dec. 1 are more rigorous and in-depth, and Goins said all kinds of food service establishments throughout the county have posted lower-than-normal scores.