As you may remember, the Board unanimously approved contracting with the Chartwells School Dining Services for district food service operation and management in June of this year. The contract will be a year long, giving the district ample opportunity to evaluate it's merits.
Thoughts on the topic from Board President Susan Fox's Board update on Board business at the time:
Committee members believe that this arrangement will provide financial stability and even profitability, capture the benefits of pricing through a large company, build upon and provide education for students with regard to nutrition and healthy eating habits, address changes in eating preferences for students while providing more fresh fruits and vegetables, increase participation, and provide on-going staff professional development training for all food service employees, among other benefits.While we'll have to wait to see the financial impact of contracting with Chartwells over time, it's not too soon to find out how the kids like their meals. I have heard several comments that the meals are too small and cost too much. MGHS students miss the taco and pasta bars. My second-grader, a normally die-hard hot lunch eater, has taken a sack lunch to school since the second week. I would love to hear more comments about the state of the lunch tray. Parents?
You can find more information on Chartwells at http://www.eatlearnlive.com/.