BIC hears from Aramark representative

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Becky Head with Aramark speaks to the BIC Board.

Buffalo Island Central School Board members along with cafeteria employees attended an informative presentation given by Becky Head of Aramark Aug. 18 during the monthly meeting.

Aramark is one of several companies offering outsource cafeteria services. Riverside and BIC both have heard presentations from the company and mentioned the possibility of a joint involvement between the districts. No definitive decision to outsource at all, much less with any specific company, has been made by either district. However, the company offers many options to be decided by the district concerning employment and involvement specific to the needs of each district.

Head answered questions presented by the board and faculty. She reassured those in attendance Aramark intends to provide training and tools to existing employees to better serve students and employees alike. Aramark offers more options to students to encourage interest and purchase in school meals. The company boasts a higher purchasing ability as well as a more diverse offering while still meeting all state nutrition and portion requirements.

The paperwork to outsource takes up to a year and the board agreed to begin procedures in order to be prepared if they do decide to go with such services.

Residents, parents and students have been invited to attend a meet and greet with new coaching staff Thursday, Aug. 25, at 6 p.m. in the hospitality lounge.

Regular basketball season tickets are available for $75. Anyone wishing to keep a reserved seat from the previous year needs do so before Oct 1. Following Oct. 1 all remaining seats will be available for reservation.

The Board agreed all citizens 65 years and older should receive free admission and discounted season tickets with seat reservation for $50.

Superintendent Gaylon Taylor shared news of new scholarship funds with the board. The John Paul Masner scholarship fund will provide two BIC seniors $5,000 and additional scholarships for the top five honors students at $1,000. The scholarship is a one time offering and new students will be selected each year to receive the funding.

The Board approved the following hires into the district:

*Rene Parker- special education aide.

*Jim Fazier -driver for two shuttles and regular bus routes.

*Callie Brooks- girls elementary basketball coach.

*Scott Petznick- boys elementary basketball coach. Petznick will also drive shuttle bus.

Brandon Ballard will begin working as the junior high elementary physical education teacher and junior high boys basketball, 7th grade boys basketball, assistant high school basketball coach and senior high baseball coach pending the receipt of his teaching certificate. While working toward certification, Ballard will be hired as a state approved interim teacher of record for one year. The contract will be for 210 days and salary will be adjusted to scheduled pay once he receives the teaching certificate.

Superintendent Taylor shared the recent $1,000 pay increase will raise the salary of teachers holding a masters degree from $35,650 to $36,637 meeting a minimum pay requirement set by the state.

BIC accepted a new contract with Arkansas Copiers of $2,568 for three years. The new contract is less than the previous three year contract.

Bids from Bimbo Bread and Turner Dairy were accepted for the year.

A resolution to continue holding school board elections in September was passed.

The next regular BIC School Board meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15.

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