BOE ap­proves sev­eral con­tracts for school nu­tri­tion pro­gram, class size res­o­lu­tion

The Covington News - - THE SECOND FRONT - DANIELLE EVER­SON de­v­er­son@cov­

The New­ton County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion has ap­proved sev­eral an­nual re­new­able con­tracts for the sys­tems’ school nu­tri­tion pro­gram for the 2013-14 school year.

The board unan­i­mously ap­proved at its June 25 meet­ing the an­nual re­new­able con­tracts for Dex­ter’s Farms Pro­duce for $365,000; May­field Dairy Farms for $705,000; Coca-Cola En­ter­prises for $60,000; Earth­grains Bak­ing Com­pany, $150,000; and Por­tionPac Chem­i­cal Corp., for $40,823.

Dex­ter’s Farms will pro­vide fruits, veg­eta­bles and fresh eggs; May­field Dairy Farms will pro­vide milk and re­lated prod­ucts; Coca-Cola will pro­vide as­sorted veg­etable and fruit juice blend bev­er­ages, zero-calo­rie sports drinks, plain and fla­vored wa­ters, and nu­mer­ous types of fruit juices; and Earth­grains Bak­ing Co., will pro­vide bread and other bak­ery prod­ucts to the school nu­tri­tion pro­gram.

As a part of the school sys­tems’ safety and san­i­ta­tion pro­gram, Por­tionPac Chem­i­cal Corp., will pro­vide the neces- sary chem­i­cals and sup­plies as well as de­tailed train­ing on Oc­cu­pa­tional Safety and Health Ad­min­is­tra­tion- com­pli­ant work prac­tices, safe food han­dling fol­low­ing Haz­ard Anal­y­sis and Crit­i­cal Con­trol Points guide­lines, and reg­u­lar com­pli­ance site-mon­i­tor­ing at all school nu­tri­tion pro­gram lo­ca­tions.

Con­tracts with Royal Flush Plumb­ing, for plumb­ing ser­vices at an an­nual es­ti­mated value of $200,000; and with Waste Man­age­ment, for waste dis­posal and re­cy­cling for an es­ti­mated an­nual con­tract value of $156,000, were also ap­proved by the board.

The con­tracts ap­proved be­gan on June 26 and will ex­pire June 25, 2014.

Class sizes

Also at the meet­ing, the New­ton County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion ap­proved a class-size res­o­lu­tion for the up­com­ing 2013-14 school year that will in­crease some class sizes above the State Board of Ed­u­ca­tion’s re­quire­ments.

New­ton’s BOE ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion to in­crease class size max­i­mums to ex­ceed cur­rent re­quire­ments by 1 to 5 for stu­dents in K-12 reg- ular ed­u­ca­tion classes; 1 to 5 stu­dents in English lan­guage learn­ers classes; 1 to 7 stu­dents in gifted classes; 1 to 5 stu­dents in early in­ter­ven­tion pro­grams; 1 to 5 stu­dents in re­me­dial ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams; and by 1 to 5 stu­dents in K-12 phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams.

Dur­ing the BOE meet­ing, new NCSS Su­per­in­ten­dent Sa­man­tha Fuhrey ex­plained that the eco­nomic down­turn has con­tin­ued to lead to de­clines in lo­cal rev­enue col­lec­tions.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the down­turn in the econ­omy played a part in the Geor- gia Gen­eral Assem­bly’s in­abil­ity to ap­pro­pri­ate funds to pay for the cur­rent le­gal class size max­i­mums, Fuhrey said.

Be­cause of this, the State Board of Ed­u­ca­tion adopted a res­o­lu­tion last year in May that ex­empts lo­cal boards of ed­u­ca­tion from all le­gal and reg­u­la­tory class size max­i­mums for the 2013-14 school year, as long as a dis­trict’s BOE sub­mits an adopted res­o­lu­tion that es­tab­lishes its class sizes.

The res­o­lu­tion ap­proved by New­ton’s BOE at its meet­ing ful­fills the State Board of Ed­u­ca­tion’s re­quire­ment.

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