Wallingford Board of Education abandons plans to outsource food service

Source: Luther Turmelle, New Haven Register, May 25, 2016

The Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday night to abandon efforts to outsource the district’s food service operations to a private company in time for the 2016-17 school year. The voted ended weeks of anxiety on the part of the district’s food service workers, who now will have an opportunity to prove to the board that they can run cafeterias at Wallingford’s school without losing money. The board’s decision came after a 90-minute meeting behind closed doors with the attorney for the school district. The board began exploring having an outside vendor run the district’s cafeterias after the board had to prop up the food service operations with a $127,000 influx of cash at the end of 2015. … But the decision to abandon the outsourcing efforts had as much to do with the tight timeline the board was facing to bring in a vendor as it did with concern for the district’s cafeteria workers. State Department of Education officials told the board that because of a snafu earlier in the bidding process this year, the outsourcing of the food service contract had to be completely reopen to proposals from multiple vendors. …