Eastwood cafeteria ends year 'in black'
Written by CINDY HARTER Sentinel Staff Writer
Saturday, 30 June 2012 08:05
PEMBERVILLE - The Eastwood School District is looking to finish its fiscal year with a food service program that is "in the black" for the first time in years.
Treasurer Dave Michel projected a carryover of roughly $30,000.
Head Cook and Food Supervisor Karen Brown said that it may be a little less after paying a few bills and summer salaries.
She said some of the money saved can be attributed to the closing of Webster Elementary. She also restructured the "Eagle's Nest," which used to carry only a la cart items but now combines those items into more of a lunch. The district now receives higher reimbursement from the federal government. She also cut out some of the desserts that are offered.
"We also cut back on paper products and ordering," Brown said. "It took team work."
"We're finally going to run in the black for food service," Superintendent Brent Welker told Eastwood board members at Monday's meeting.
"There were a lot of little things that added up. I think that is very commendable."
The board also approved its contract with the Northern Ohio Educational Computer Association for computer services in the upcoming school year. Welker said that something new might be the addition of a single database that follows each student. This would allow teachers to look back at a comprehensive listing of each student's scores on all previous testing (Iowa, etc.).
"There will be a data warehouse for a child," Welker said. "It works right in with what we've got. We will come back to the board and ask for additional monies."
The board also approved a license agreement with LRG Prep LLC, a major marketing group that will work with the "big stores" like Wal-Mart and Rite Aid to sell Eastwood apparel.
The district would receive 50 percent of the profit. This would be non-exclusive of local businesses, PTOs, etc., which also sell the apparel, said Athletic Director Chris Fahim.
Welker updated board members on the eLearning summer training. He said that the first session was well attended and there were many positive comments.
In other business, the board:
• Agreed to meet in special session on Thursday at 7 a.m. to discuss personnel.
• Approved a one-year limited teaching contract for Eric Rutherford as a middle school science teacher for the 2012-13 school year. This follows the retirement of teacher Barb Stough.
• Accepted the resignation for retirement from District Information Resource/Coordinator Librarian Patricia Owen, effective May 31.
• Accepted and approved a letter of resignation from Assistant Band Director Matt Safford for the upcoming school year.
• Accepted a $500 donation from an anonymous donor to the high school boy's track and field program.