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School Board Votes To Keep Vending Machines In Wake Schools

Posted February 21, 2006 3:56 a.m. EST

— The Wake County Board of Education voted Tuesday to keep vending machines in public schools, but decided they could only be used at the end of the school day.

The 5-3 board vote comes as the school system's contract with Pepsi is set to expire.

Critics say the vending machines send the wrong message to students about nutrition, but proponents argue that students will drink sodas that would come from them anyway.

Banning the machines, they say, would cost the school system nearly $1 million in net revenue -- of which the school system gets to keep half.