According to representatives at Monday's meeting, the goal is to increase the number of students eating at school, and thereby increasing revenues. East Guernsey's food service division for some time has been losing money, causing a further drain on the district's General Fund.
In recent years, the district had hired an outside company to take over food services. While the undertaking was marginally successful, it was noted that many students often threw away much of the foods they were given, or skipped lunch completely. Last year, the district took the reigns of Food Services, and again, some improvement was noted, but officials felt "it was still not working".
This opened the door to Monday night's board action.
Superintendent Richard Hall stressed that for now, the lunchroom prices, including free and reduced meals (and breakfast) will remain unchanged. He adds that like the current transportation study, the change in Food Services is in an attempt to make the district more efficient and to save money. There are no plans for staffing changes, and the new management company will be working within the district's CBA. The company is also planning meetings with students, parents and school staff to find out likes, dislikes of the East Guernsey Schools.
The Food Service Management Co was established in 1975, and operates in over 150 school districts in Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio.
Also during Monday night's meeting, the board approved changes to the job descriptions the positions of: Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable Coordination, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent, Assistant to the Treasurer/Payroll/Health Insurance Coordinator and EMIS Coordinator. These are not new positions and are currently filled.
And with just days before the start of school, a new certified contract approved for Tiffany Scanlan, BTHS Art Teacher. The position had opened recently due to a resignation.
The next meeting of the East Guernsey Local School District, Board of Education is at 6 pm on August 20, at the Quaker City Firehouse. The public is welcomed to attend.