AAPS Briefed on Food Service Contract

A first briefing on food services in the district was given to Ann Arbor Public Schools trustees at its May 8, 2013 meeting. The briefing included the a recommendation to renew the Chartwells contract for the 2013-14 school year.

The board had approved Chartwells School Dining Services as the district’s food service provider on May 27, 2009 with four one-year renewals. The contract will be the last of the four year renewals. According to a district memo, the food service management contract will be re-bid for another five-year term in early 2014.

The management fee per meal for 2013-14 will be $0.0432, an increase of 2.5% from the 2012-13 rate. The administrative fee will be $18,978.10 per month for ten months, also an increase of 2.5%. The equivalent meal factor [a calculation that allows for equating á la carte meals to a standard] will be increased 3.6% to $3.10 per USDA/MDE guidelines.

The board of education will be asked to approve the contract renewal after a second briefing at its next regular meeting.

This brief was filed from the board room of the Ann Arbor District Library in downtown Ann Arbor at Fifth and William. A more detailed report of the meeting will follow.