USD 410 Board rejects food service contract

USD 410 Board of Education voted to reject the proposal from Opaa, a food management company, to contract for 2018-19 at the special meeting held June 25.

School districts such as Marion-Florence, Centre and Canton-Galva partner with the company for their food service.

Superintendent Max Heinrichs made the recommendation following negotiations with Opaa.

“The only way to see a savings is to transition our people [to Opaa],” Heinrichs said. “We told our people that they would not need to transition. Only way to save money [with Opaa] would be to transition the people.”

Heinrichs said changes with food service will be considered in the future.

Board Member Jim Paulus suggested considering entering negotiations without stipulations with USD 410 employees.

“We went in with somewhat our hands tied,” Paulus said.

The board approved an adjusted payment schedule for the district’s bus drivers by modifying the hourly rate based on the current pay rate and years of experience beginning in 2018-19.

Costs for the pay increase will be an additional $11,000 next year, Heinrichs said, adding that with two vacancies for drivers still open, wage rates are a factor.

Heinrichs said plans are in the works for having buses making in-town dropoffs.

In other business, the board:

◼ heard about plans to purchase touchscreen monitors for classrooms for Hillsboro Elementary School. The total cost is $18,398.90.

“We’d like to put a bid out for 11 more monitors to be purchased in July,” Heinrichs said.

◼ approved the resolution to call for redemption of certain outstanding bonds and provide for notice of the said redemptions.

By paying off the bonds early, the district will save about $25,000, Heinrichs said.

◼ approved moving the July regular board meeting to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 12.

◼ approved supplemental contracts for Terry Bebermeyer as musical assistant and Tyson Kendrick as head Hillsboro High School baseball coach.

◼ approved Tammy Ollenburger transferring 1.5 hours per day as Title 1 aide to HES lunchroom supervisor at her current rate of pay.

◼ met in executive session for negotiations, but no action was taken.

Board Members Kim Klein and Joe Sechrist attended the meeting via teleconference call.