The Carlisle School board discussed possible food service management, during its Monday night meeting.

According to Carlisle School Board Superintended Jason Clark, the district recently opened bids for outsourced food service management and one bid from OPAA food management was received.

Jerry Noble, a representative with OPAA Food Management Inc. spoke to the board about the bid and what it meant for the district. While the bid was very detailed, he said cost to the district would be $3.83 per lunch plate, $1.91 cents for lunch and $0.95 for snacks. Compared to the district’s projected a loss of $60,000 in food service this year, Noble said are able to show a savings of $31,000 for the district. He said OPAA would be purchasing all the food and supplying serving equipment not already provided by the district. In addition, all current staff would be offered a position with the company. According to Noble, getting the current food service staff to adapt to the changes would be the hardest part, but that it has been successful in many other districts.

Clark said he was disappointed that only one company bid on the food service, as there is no competition. He said this is reflective in surrounding districts whom are also bidding the service out, as many food service management companies are focusing on larger school districts.

After some discussion, the board decided to visit a school district currently using Opaa’s services to try the food. In a unanimous vote, the board tabled further discussion until a future meeting.

In other business, Agriculture teacher Carly Bokker spoke to the board about a grant the department has received for a green house. She said they have been awarded an $80, 431.25 grant to construct a green house on the high school campus. She said this is about 80 percent of the projected cost for a green house. Bokker presented a slide show to the board, explaining her vision of the green house, its ability to coincide with curriculum and how it can be befit both the district and the community. According to Bokker, the funding must be used by Nov. 1, 2018.

Due to the projected cost of the project, the district will be required to bid the project out.

Also during the meeting, the board unanimously approved to:

-Extend the contract of all classified employees as presented.

- Hire Justin Fowler as high school teacher

-Accept the resignation for retirement, of Kenneth Phillips as maintenance director and bus driver effective June 30, 2018

-Approve BJ Green to be paid at a daily rate, for non-contracted days to be worked this coming June

-Allow Angela Perry to use the elementary school gymnasium for basketball practice for Carlisle students, with a school employee or board member present.

In accordance to the Arkansas Public School Choice statue, students in surrounding districts may file an application by May 1, to attend Carlisle Schools. This application may be picked up in the District Administration Office at 520 Center Street, Carlisle, Arkansas 72024. Interested applicants may also call the District Administration Office at 501-552-3931 for more information or to schedule a tour.

The next regular scheduled board meeting will be at 7:30 p.m., May 14 in the administration building.