Roach problems continue in the kitchens of Lawrence Public Schools, according to recent inspection reports from the Kansas Department of Agriculture.
In September, inspectors found roaches at Lawrence High School, 1901 Louisiana Street. They returned in October, and found a roach and an roach egg sack behind a freezer.
Inspectors also found several live roaches at Free State High School, 4700 Overland Drive, during an Oct. 5 inspection. When inspectors returned to the school Nov. 6, they found even more roaches, as well as “20 to 30 dead roaches.”
Both schools received a noncompliance notice during the inspections, which is a preliminary step in the inspection process that does not initially carry fines or call for immediate closure.
Lawrence High had also received such a notice during following the September inspection.
Lawrence Public School spokeswoman Julie Boyle said the district is taking measures to address the problem. Those include keeping logs to identify where pests are entering buildings, checking pest traps daily, and using food-safe sprays three times per week. Boyle said the school district is also preparing a proposal request for new pest control services.
In the past two years, only one other Lawrence public school, West Middle School, 2700 Harvard Road, has received such a notice, in 2010.
Restaurants are inspected at least once each year, and school cafeterias twice annually, but inspectors make return visits to those with numerous critical violations and noncompliance notices.
Critical violations are not unusual in restaurants across the state. For instance, in 2012 so far, 326 Lawrence restaurants and school cafeterias have been inspected, resulting in 927 such violations.
To see a full listing of all Lawrence inspections in 2012, visit ljworld.com/restaurantinspections/