Manila board votes to pursue cafeteria service

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Mark Waterbury, Arkansas Director of Business Development, and Becky Head, Arkansas District Manager for Aramark, made a cafeteria management presentation to Manila School Board members and administrators. Breakfast and lunch food samples were prepared and served. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Manila School Board members heard two presentations and sampled food provided by two companies, Opaa! and Aramark, at a special called meeting Wednesday, April 25.

The board has been discussing and considering partnering with an outside company for the cafeteria management, cooking and serving services.

Food was prepared on site in the school cafeteria with each company making presentations and serving samples of the food served daily in cafeterias. Each had a variety of breakfast and lunch menus.

Representatives from each company talked about the benefits to the school and what they can offer to the cafeteria staff. Representatives from both companies said cafeteria workers would not lose their jobs.

Following the presentations Superintendent Pam Castor recommended sending Aramark as their recommended vendor to the state for approval. She had informed the board at the regular April meeting, the district's recommendation for food service would have to be submitted by May 1 and approved before any changes could be made.

The board voted unanimously 7-0 to submit Aramark as the proposed cafeteria manager.

All board members, Jeremy Jackson, Tracey Reinhart, Monte Middleton, Johnny McCain, Tommy Wagner, Danny Robbins and Paul Hicks, were present.

The board then went into executive session to discuss personnel issues. The board returned to open session adjourning with no action taken.

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