At the August School Committee meeting, Superintendent Jeannine Nota-Masse brought forward the recommendation that the committee rescind its contract with Sodexo, and instead follow U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requirements and give the contract to Aramark. The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) requires that a food service contract be renegotiated every five years, and this year the committee received bids from Aramark, Chartwells and Sodexo. While Aramark’s lower bid had initially received the highest score based on a review of the proposals and was recommended, questions arose, and committee members sought more time before making a final decision. … Aramark is hoping to keep many familiar faces in the schools. The company has offered employment to all existing staff, and they have been doing so over the past week. Employees do need to pass a required background check and drug screening process.
Sodexo staying on as school district’s food service provider
Source: Pam Schiff, Cranston Herald, July 1, 2015
….After several months of meetings, presentations and samples, the Cranston School Committee recently opted to continue with Sodexo, approving a new contract with the company…. Cranston Public Schools CFO Joe Balducci said the new agreement with the company, approved by the committee in June, guarantees the first year of Sodexo’s service at $438,238. Years two through five of the agreement, he said, “must be discussed as part of each subsequent year’s renewal process.” …. Ashley Hall, the food service manager for Sodexo, said the company employs close to 90 staff for Cranston’s school. Currently, it provides 2,820 breakfasts daily, and 4,818 lunches. The high schools have a choice of 12 items, the middle schools have 11 and elementary schools have four choices. ….