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Food service company to run Lisbon cafeterias

May 13, 2008
LISBON — Starting in the fall, a food service company will run Lisbon schools’ cafeterias.

The Lisbon Exempted Village Board of Education on Monday approved a contract with the Nutrition Group, of West Newton, Pa., to manage and operate the district’s food service program for the 2008-09 school year.

The contract guarantees Lisbon’s food services program will break even financially under the management of the Nutrition Group, Treasurer Cynthia Altomare said. If the program lost money, the Nutrition Group would make up the difference, Altomare said. District cafeterias bring in about $410,000 in annual revenue, Altomare said.

Long time Cafeteria Supervisor Jean Cook announced her retirement in March. After her announcement, the board voted to abolish the position of cafeteria supervisor.

By hiring the Nutrition Group, the district will be able to take advantage of the company’s larger purchasing power, Altomare said, which should help counteract the effects of rising food prices. The district does not expect to raise food prices for students next year, Altomare said.

The board also approved a one-year contract with the Facilities Maintenance System for consulting services at a cost of $12,650. Superintendent Don Thompson said the school has added square footage and more technical equipment over the years and needs professional consulting help .

The contract will enable the district to identify needs as administrators look to the future, Thompson said.

In other business, Thompson said the rest of the War Memorial Stadium renovation project’s first phase will go out to bid by the end of the week. Thompson will meet the architect on Wednesday to finalize the plans, he said. The project should be complete by the first home football game in September, Thompson said.

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