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Food service on Halifax County trustees’ agenda / February 24, 2014

The Halifax County School Board will hold a special meeting today at 6 p.m. in the School Board Conference Room of the Mary Bethune Complex. Several matters of unfinished business will top the agenda.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Merle Herndon will report back to trustees on a request for proposal (RFP) that she has developed for professionally managed food services. Earlier this month, trustees asked Herndon to move forward with defining a potential agreement with a food services vendor for the upcoming school year. The RFP spells out the school division’s requirements in the event the School Board decides to outsource cafeteria functions.

Also, Douglas Newcomb, who has taken over as director of maintenance and operations, will report to trustees on the high school’s HVAC engineering services.

Finance director Jay Camp and transportation director Dave Guill will discuss the school division’s gasoline purchasing needs.

Herndon is expected to give an update on the possible consolidation of school employees’ Anthem health insurance policies with those of county employees.

Following these reports, trustees are expected to renew their discussions on the upcoming school budget. Last week, the Halifax County Board of Supervisors’ Finance Committee recommended a local contribution to schools of $13 million — same as last year — and members said they would not be able to honor a request from the School Board for an additional $3 million.

The budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year takes effect July 1.

Trustees are expected to enter into closed session at the end of their budget discussions to consider unspecified personnel and legal issues.

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First consultants now outsourcing food? Why don't you just do everyone a favor, stay home and outsource your job since you can't do it yourself.


Yes wish they would stay home, but they have to make themselves look important. Ir real people that would speak there mind who would not care about getting re-elected ran it, maybe we could do something. First I would do is cut the budget 20% Federal governmnet be damned. Now it is all about politics. I am wondering why no one ask why the new matience guy got a 7000 raise then the other one?

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