SAUK VILLAGE | Consolidated School District 168 board members are preparing for the coming school year.
The board last week approved the food services contract renewal with Preferred Meals Services Inc. The contract for the new school year will be $795,000. Lunch services will cost $515,000, and breakfast services will cost $280,000.
“This is the same cost that we expensed in the 2012-13 school year,” board President Sharon Davenport said. “We were able to negotiate a contract for the same cost, which is really a savings to us.”
The board also approved a bus transportation contract with Positive Connections Transportation Services. The contract is a one-year renewal for $217,060, a $3,400 increase over the previous school year.
A three-year maintenance contract was renewed with Amber Mechanical Services for HVAC servicing to all three district schools and the administration building. The total cost of the contract is $324,000. The cost breakdown is $105,000 for the first year, $108,000 the second year and $111,000 for the final year.
The board approved all School Board members and central administration to attend the annual Tri-Conference in Chicago in November. The three-day conference will cost the district about $10,000.
A bid for landscaping services was rejected. PTL Landscaping submitted a bid for a monthly fee of $3,044 for lawn maintenance at the schools and the administration building.
“We felt the bid was too high,” Davenport said. “We are going to investigate purchasing our own equipment and having our own workers take care of the lawns.”
A motion to investigate the residency of a new School Board member was rejected by the board majority.
Board members Jimo Kasali and Aisha El-Amin requested the residency of new board member Delores Green be investigated and confirmed. The board rejected the request by a 4-2 margin. Members Mary Howard, Tammy Jones, Melvin Stevenson, and Davenport all voted against the request.