Springville School Business Administrator Ted Welch gave a grim overview of the finances for the district’s lunch program during Tuesday’s meeting of the School Board.
He said participation in the lunch program dropped dramatically during the 2012-13 school year, resulting in a deficit of about $60,000. “We need to do what we can to encourage kids to eat in-house,” he said. “If we start subsidizing the cafeteria, it becomes a money pit.”
Sodexo, the district’s food service operator, absorbed the losses this year, but Welch said the company would not enter a new contract allowing for a repeat of that scenario.
He suggested a committee, comprised primarily of students, to work with the cafeteria operator so that it can meet student’s preferences. The government has eased certain food guidelines, Welch said, which should allow for somewhat larger portions and a few favorite foods to return to the menu.
In other business, a real estate agency informed the district that its vacant bus garage has a market value of $200,000. Last month, the Christian Youth Core offered $1 for the building which is in ill repair and no longer used to house buses. The board asked Welch to continue researching options for the Route 240 building and five adjoining acres.
It was the first meeting of the board affected by a May 2012 referendum that shrunk the board from seven seats to five.
Though the terms of three board members expired June 30, only one position was filled. Newcomer Allison Duwe took the oath of office, followed by the elections of Delia Bonenberger and Joan Kelly as president and vice president. Kara Kane and Jon Einarsson are continuing their terms on the board.
When it came time fill various committee openings, Bonenberger was blunt.
“If you noticed there is only five of us. It means more work. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I miss having two more,” the new board president said.
Bonenberger was cautious when filling vacancies on the audit and policy committees, asking for only two volunteers, not three, as in the past so as to avoid creating a board quorum on the committees.