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BEA hires food service company

By Staff | May 15, 2016

It’s official.

The Blue Earth Area School Board voted at their meeting last Monday night to contract with a food service company to manage the school district’s breakfast and lunch program.

The three-year agreement is with a company called Taher, Inc. There was another proposal from another company, but a committee that had researched the proposals recommended Taher.

That committee was composed of Superintendent Evan Gough, high school principal Rich Schneider and district accountant Heidi Olsen.

“I want to make it clear that it is still the Blue Earth Area Food Services program,” Gough said. “It will just be managed by this company for us.”

Gough added that all the current food services employees will remain employees of the district, but any future hiring will be done by Taher.

“We (the committee) talked to other districts who are working with Taher, and we did reference checks, and they were all good,” Gough added. “We will move forward with this contract as of this next school year.”

In other business at Monday’s meeting, the board:

Voted to install a new phone system in the K-7 building over the summer months.

The new system is being purchased from Bevcomm at a cost of $75,682. “We put in a new system in the high school building previously and it was time to upgrade this one, too,” Gough said. “We were pleased with the other system and happy we can utilize a local company like Bevcomm.”

Approved the purchase of some slightly used gymnastics equipment. The two pieces are a spring deck at a cost of $18,880 and an uneven bars unit at a cost of $3,676.

Heard reports from several staff members, including: Ann Crofton concerning the health services area, including flu shots last fall and ones scheduled for this coming year; Sue Voegelsang with an Adult Basic Ed and ECFE update.

Learned there will be a staff retirement reception on Wednesday, June 8, 3-5 p.m.; last day of classes is on June 7; and commencement is at 2 p.m. on June 5.

Approved a variety of personnel matters, including hiring Ryan Northwick as head custodian K-7 site and Leonor May Ehuan as high school Spanish teacher; accepting retirement of Kay Bogan as ECFE and Discovery Place teacher; resignations of Darrel Petersen (bus driver), Janelle Swanson (paraprofessional) and Jason Spencer (K-7 custodian). Also a leave of absence for Jayne Kalis from Sept. 6 to approximately Nov. 7.

At this point in time, Gough said, all the teaching positions for next school year are filled.

Approved a resolution for membership in the Minnesota State High School League for the 2016-2017 school year.

Approved a contract to provide services to the Maple River District.