Community members, friends, family and school board officials gathered during the Monday night during the Lonoke School Board meeting to recognize Rick Pennington for his 21 years of service on the school board.

"Rick has done a great job for the school district," board president Matt Boyles said after presenting Pennington with a plaque for his dedication.

Those gathering publicly gave his or her appreciation to Pennington for his service. Current board members said he was very knowledgeable about the district and each has learned something from him to help them better serve the district in the future.

"I appreciate having the opportunity to do what little I was able to do," Pennington said.

Pennington said he was proud to have worked with great people, superintendents, staff and board members over the past 21 years.

In other business, food service bids for the upcoming school year closed at noon on July 9. Two bids were received for bread. The lowest base bid was Bimbo Bakeries of Bentonville for total of $5.28 for a 16 count of whole grain buns, 12 count whole grain hamburger buns and 22 slices of whole grain sliced bread. The highest bidder was Flowers Foods of Batesville for a total of $6.29 for a 16 count of whole grain buns, eight count whole grain hamburger buns and 22 slices of whole grain sliced bread.

Highland Dairy if Little Rock was the only bid received for milk service.

Four bids were received on a base list of itemized foods and supplies for the school year. The highest bidder was Ben E. Keith Foods of Little Rock in the amount of $3,781.40 and the lowest was Tankersley Foods of Van Buren in the amount of $3,384.23

Although Trankersley Foods was the lowest bidder according to the itemize list, Food Service Director Elen Smith recommended the board accept the bid of $3,502.19 from Performance Food Group (PFG) of Little Rock. Smith said while the over all bid appears to be cheaper, the district may not use some of the cheaper items but use an abundance amount of more expensive items. She said when broken down to what the school actually uses, PFG offered the better price.

The board unanimously voted to accept the food service bids from Bimbo Bakeries, Highland Dairy and Performance Food Group.

Also during the meeting, the board unanimously voted to:

-Accept changes to the primary, elementary, middle and high school handbooks

-Upgrade the food service meal tracker software in the amount of $14,420.78 through N. Harris Computer Corporation

-Adopt the new student drug testing policy

-Pay the invoice of $14,765 to the Arkansas Insurance Department for vehicle insurance

-Purchase 25 laptops with insurance repair plans and a storage cart for the Elementary Library from in the amount of $14,990.56

-Pay the property insurance premium of $89,217.11 to the Arkansas School Board Association.

-Table acceptance of bids for paving of the parking lot and street do to lack of bid details

-Accept the resignation of Andrew Duncan as Dean of Students at Lonoke Elementary School

-Hire all personnel as presented

Tony Kelleybrew was absent from the meeting. The next Lonoke School Board meeting will be August 18 at 6 p.m. in the boardroom of the administration building.