SALT LAKE CITY -- The Granite School District says it has lost a quarter of a million dollars in the year since caffeine and carbonation left the vending machines. Now, spokesman Ben Horsley says the district losing money in another way.
"We have seen a spike in students going off campus to obtain some of those [unhealthy] items," Horsely says.
The money the schools earn with the vending machines mainly funds transportation to student activities.
"With the economy the way it is, we are losing money left and right it seems," Horsley says. "There are not a lot of ways we can recoup that revenue."
Horsley says Coke and Pepsi made the change when they renegotiated their contracts with Granite a year ago. It was a choice they made to no longer sell such drinks in schools.
But he says the schools also have a responsibility to provide healthier fare. It's just up to students to chose it.
Despite the loss in revenue, the district does not plan on bringing soda back into its schools.