Oak Harbor School District food program changes require bid

Due to federal rule changes regarding the food service program, the Oak Harbor School District is required to put the food service contract out to bid again before the start of the next school year.

Rule changes by the USDA require students to eat more fruits, vegetables and whole wheat, all of which are more expensive, said Superintendent Rick Schulte.

“They decided that was a material change to the contract,” Schulte said, so the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction issued a ruling that schools must put their contracts out to bid and complete the process by July, a process that took the OHSD six months last time.

“That’s very completely unreasonable,” Schulte said. He is communicating with OSPI to get an extension but has not heard their decision yet.

“Any kind of bid we did in that kind of time would be hasty,” Schulte added.

The district is in its third year of a five-year contract with Chartwells.

“We’re very fortunate to have them,” Schulte said, adding that they’ve done a great job of handling the program, new software and the menu.


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