Chico ISD seeks to improve food quality

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, July 26, 2014
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Lunch at Chico ISD may taste a little different this coming school year.

The Chico school board Monday approved a contract with Walker Quality Services to provide cafeteria management services for 2014-2015. Superintendent Mike Jones said he had talked with other school districts who have used the company, and they had been well-received at each school.

Earlier this year, Jones visited Era ISD, one of the schools the company serves, and was impressed with the quality of the food and the positive reception by students.

Jones explained that while a representative of the company will help train cafeteria workers and plan food items, the school will continue to employ its own cafeteria employees and manager. No additional staff hirings are anticipated. Jones said a steamer will need to be purchased for the middle school.

The company will also regularly survey students, and if certain items are not popular, changes to the menu will be made.

The school will hold an open house next month before school starts to give students and parents a chance to sample the new food offerings.

In other business, the board:

  • reviewed preliminary budget numbers, and Jones said the school is looking at a $200,000 deficit due to a reduction in additional state aid for tax reduction that is gradually being phased out for Chapter 41 schools;
  • contracted with Steve Gilland of Bowie to perform the 2013-2014 audit; and
  • amended the 2014-2015 school calendar to have teachers report Aug. 12 rather than Aug. 14.

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