The Chillicothe R-2 Board of Education opted not to outsource the district's food service management during their regular meeting last night (Tuesday).
The possibility of a contract with a food service management company had been in discussion for the past few months as a cost-containment tool for the district. Barnes said the district received only one bid, from Opaa! Food Management, Inc.
"As it turns out, our total food cost from the start of school this year to the end of April for a lunch plate was $2.4699 per plate," Superintendent Roger Barnes explained. "Their bid was for $1.50 per lunch plate, but that's without labor. By the time we have labor and other things, it adds $1.27 to the plate. With all that, I'm going to recommend that we stay right where we're at."
Despite not contracting a food service management company, Barnes anticipates a slight increase in the cost of school meals next school year.
"We have too big of a gap between our federal reimbursement and what we presently charge," Barnes said. "There's likely to be a nickel to dime increase in lunch and breakfast prices next year."