It's back to school today for Bay County students as they braved the rain for the first day of classes. The first test of year, however, seems to be a taste test.
While it's the first first day for kindergartners and the last first day for seniors, for everyone, it's the first day eating Chartwells School Dining in the cafeteria.
"Out of this world, out of this world," says David Cantie, a senior at J. R. Arnold High School, as he tries the barbeque chicken for the first time.
Chartwells, the company hired to privately run food services, is promising the district 750 thousand dollars a year back. The goal is to make the reimbursable meal tasty and visually appealing to the students.
"When I got into the line, I didn't know what to expect," says Blake Nethery, a high school senior. "But the presentation they gave us, it all looks fresh, well prepared."
With the first day of school comes kinks in the cafeteria. New options and no convenience store, things got a little backed up.
"The lines are a little bit longer than they have been in the past, and we're running out of lunch time right now and there's probably about 100 students who haven't been served yet," says Keith Bland, principle of Arnold High School.
But even with the lines, one thing holds true. The food is worth the wait.
"It's finger licking good," says Cantie.
Chick-fil-a is the only fast food option now in the lunch rooms.
Chartwells says the longer lines should be reduced once the students get used to the new options.