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|No More Outsourcing of Galesburg School Lunch Program
|They're not sure it's going to work, but the Galesburg School Board is going to try providing students their lunch again themselves.
The District-205 Board Monday night voted to try and bring the lunch program back in house for one-year, in an attempt to address some of the concerns parents have about the quality of school lunches.
District-205 Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Paul Woehlke says that's partially based on a survey done of district parents.
Woehlke says while parents are clearly concerned about nutritional content and the quality of food being served, just how much they're willing to pay for that remains to be seen. "We asked in the paid category (lunches paid for, not those in the free and reduced lunch program), would they be willing to pay $1.25 more for a higher quality menu selection," Woehlke said. "50 percent of (parents) said yes, they would be willing to pay $1.25 more."
Some board members were concerned they were being rushed into making decisions about the school lunch program, despite presentations at last month's meeting as well, and a warning that the district's current contract with food service provider Aramark would expire at the end of the year and could not be renewed, instead either forcing the district to re-bid the lunch out-sourcing, or go back in-house.
Woehlke says it would likely cost the same to handle school-lunch in-house as it did using Aramark.
The District-205 Board Monday night also voted to hire a new industrial arts teacher, and okayed Woehlke starting the process to form the district's budget for the 2010 Fiscal Year.
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