A private food service company will once again serve breakfast and lunch in Bay District Schools next school year. The school board renewed the contract with Chartwells, which gives them a second year in the district.
The decision wasn't unanimous. Board Member Joe Wayne Walker was concerned about the number of meals sold under Chartwells.
It seems fewer students bought breakfast or lunch this year. But, Chartwells said that's not a fair assessment because when they came on board, the federal regulations for healthier meals took place.
Despite lower food sales, Superintendent Bill Husfelt said the contract with Chartwells provides a guarantee of at least $750,000 to the district, no matter what.
"Do you keep gambling? Maybe this year will make a profit? But, this way we're guaranteed $750,000 profit. We are guaranteed that. I think it's the best thing for the taxpayers," said Husfelt.
The district is also receiving $750,000 for the past school year, whereas the district isn't guaranteed any profit if it runs it's own food service.