Raising fees rejected after back-and-forth debate on meal profits

Source: Ashley Hodge, Gazette-Virginian, May 11, 2016

After discussing discrepancies over whether the school system has made money since partnering with food service company Sodexo, Halifax County School Board members opted out of raising meal prices when they met Monday evening in Halifax. A motion was made by ED-4 Trustee Joe Gasperini to accept a 10 cent increase that would hike lunch fees to $2.20, but it failed by a 4 to 4 vote with ED-1 Trustee Orey Hill, ED-5 Trustee Freddie Edmunds, ED-7 Trustee R. K. “Dick” Stoneman and ED-8 Trustee Walter Potts voting no. … Potts then asked if this increase came from Sodexo, and Camp said it did, and that it was needed for the school system to continue to make the same amount of money. ED-6 Trustee Fay Satterfield then questioned if the school system had been making a profit since joining with Sodexo. …


Schools partner for food service
Source: Ashley Hodge, Gazette-Virginian, June 4, 2014

…Halifax County Public School Board opted Monday night to partner with Sodexo Quality of Life Services to provide food services in the upcoming school year….The food service staff currently in place will remain Halifax County Public School employees. Many of the food service employees packed the meeting leaving standing room only for some, and the school board opened the floor for questions. Most employees were concerned with salary, benefits, training and attire. School board members stressed the salaries and benefits that each employee currently receives would remain the same for the upcoming school year. According to Sullivan, Sodexo will bring in a general manager, an administrative assistant and “a lot of training.” The general manager will implement Sodexo programs and work with the leads and supervisors and front line employees to implement those programs, said Sullivan. Training will be year-round including supervisor training, management training, customer service, technical skills, life skills and comprehensive food and physical safety training. Career growth opportunities also will be provided for employees. Sodexo also will provide uniforms for the employees. … Sodexo also guarantees a surplus of $10,140 at the end of a fiscal year. According to Sullivan, last year the school system had a deficit of $17,855. As Sullivan explained it, if there is a $15,000 loss, Sodexo will give up their fees to “make it good up to the $10,000.”…