After ongoing discussions, the Tomahawk School Board has decided to hire an outside food service provider to serve meals for students.
At their special meeting last night, the board voted 4-2 to accept the bid from Taher Professional Food Service Management. The Minnetonka based company serves in 10 states according to their website.
Prior to the decision, the board met in closed session for approximately 30 minutes to discuss bids. They had been going down two paths in finding a replacement for Darlene Machel who had retired earlier this year.
As part of the request for bids and the agreement, current staff will be offered their current wages and hours along with market competitive benefits.
Board members did explain their decision and answer questions from members of the public in attendance, largely members of the current food staff.
The board cited the cost savings as one main factor. Exact savings figures weren’t discussed, but board members assured that it was a lower cost savings. This contract must be renewed yearly.
Taher will have to get to work quickly as they will be serving meals in just over a month.
There was one other item on the agenda. This was the resignations of two staff members. Jessica Denis has resigned after serving as a Kindergarten teacher, and Ben Lodahl a special education teacher in the high school.