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|District 205 Wants Public Feedback on School Lunches
|There are still a lot of things to consider before the Galesburg School Board decides if it wants to continue to essentially farm out its school lunch program, or if it wants to take it back in house.
The Galesburg School Board heard a presentation Monday night as the district prepares to seek bids on its food service program -- one that has to be bid this year, the last year the district could legally just renew its current contract with Aramark.
District-205 Assistant Superintendent Paul Woehlke weighed pros and cons -- like the cost of food service for the district now versus what bringing it in-house would do, how that might shift later on, and how costs could escalate if nutritional values were improved.
But District-205 Board President Doctor Barry Swanson says the one thing that needs to be done now is gather public input. "Could we put together a survey that includes the cost concerns, but also give people an opportunity for input through the internet, like we've done with some of our other surveys?" Swanson asked. "With all due respect to (a group of parents who spoke in November concerned about the district's lunch program), they certainly had some legitimate concerns, but there may be other people who have different concerns, so we need to hear all the concerns, I think, before we make a decision on this."
Board members were concerned not only about the costs, but what kind of a message not having more nutritious foods on the menu sends to students.
Woehlke says he'd like to see the district have some sort of plan in place by May so that it will be ready for the next school year.
He says bids could start to be sought for either food service vendors, foods for in-house preparation, or both, as soon as February.
|12 08 08 by Newsroom
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