CALUMET CITY | The Thornton Fractional Township High School District 215 School Board last week awarded contracts to four companies cafeteria supplies at T.F. North and T.F. South high schools.
Bid requests were sent to 19 companies for the school year that begins Aug. 20. The contracts to low bidders were approved by a 7-0 vote.
Wilkens Food Service, of University Park, submitted the winning bids for three items: paper products at $658,478.15, dairy at $384,263.46 and fruits and vegetables at $207,394.25.
Gordon Food Service, which has an office in Lansing, placed the low bid for bread at $204,896/47 and food products at $1.73 million.
Homewood-based Krystal Dairy will be paid $31,780 for milk deliveries, while Fox River Foods in Montgomery, Ill., will be paid $585,142 for meat, fish and poultry.
In other business, the School Board approved revisions to its policy on homeless children and under what circumstances they can legitimately attend T.F. North or T.F. South high schools.
Officials have said the changes were meant to clarify what was always the intent of the district’s policy — that students whose families become homeless should not have to drop out of the district schools.
Under the policy approved Wednesday, homeless children who can document that their last address was in District 215, which includes parts of Burnham, Calumet City, Lansing and Lynwood, can stay in school.
Under the new policy, “the superintendent shall give special attention to ensuring the enrollment and attendance of homeless children and youths who are not currently attending school.”
The School Board also approved the transfer of $1.5 million from the operations and maintenance fund to the capital projects fund to cover the cost of construction projects done this summer at the high schools.
The board also scheduled a special meeting for Aug. 15 at which School Board members will be presented with details of the budget being proposed for the 2013-14 academic year.
Final approval of that budget is likely to occur when the board meets in September.