Kingsport school board approves food service contracts

Rick Wagner • Updated Jun 18, 2018 at 2:13 PM

KINGSPORT — Students and staff of Kingsport City Schools who like ice cream, food in general and clean schools, listen up. KCS stands ready with a contract for ice cream and the purchase of some new kitchen equipment for the 2018-19 school year, but the search for a chemical products provider for School Nutrition Services is to result in a rebid.

The Board of Education recently voted on a contract not to exceed $20,000 for ice cream products from Prairie Farms Dairy, which beat out Mayfield Dairy. The contract is to run Aug. 2, 2018 through July 31, 2019, and it can be renewed on a year-by-year basis for up to three years.

Like most other financial votes, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen also must approve the contract.

The BOE also voted to recommend the low bid for kitchen equipment at Dobyns-Bennett High School, Jefferson Elementary and Sevier Middle to KaTom Restaurant Supply for $103,173.40. KaTom barely beat out the second-lowest bid of $103,266.95. The third bid was $109,912.27.

School Nutrition Services is self-funded.

However, the board voted to reject all bids for chemical products to be used by School Nutrition Services after only one of three bidders submitted bids that were in compliance with purchasing requirements. The products will be rebid.

In other action, the board voted to approvd proposed revisions in five policies on first reading. Second and final readings are to be July 10. It also approved purchase of Discovery Education resources for grades K-5 science and Pearson resources for grades 6-8 science.

The board also recognized D-B EXCEL for getting one of 15 STEM School Designations given statewide. D-B EXCEL was the only school in the region to receive the first-ever designation at the May 8 STEM Summit in Nashville, developed with the guidance of the Tennessee Department of Education and the STEM Leadership Council. Principal Shanna Hensley said D-B Excel also was one of only four high schools in the list of 15 schools and was only two points away from a perfect score.


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