Steamboat School Board to discuss providing food service to CMC


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Steamboat Springs School Board meeting

  • Monday, January 9, 2012, 5:30 p.m.
  • George P. Sauer Human Services Center, 325 Seventh St., Steamboat Springs
  • All ages / Free


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View the Steamboat Springs School Board's action agenda for the meeting here.

— The Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday night will discuss its district’s bid to become the Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus’ food service provider.

The school district last week submitted a proposal to the college that would offer it food service for the next five years, and School Board President Brian Kelly said the board will vote whether to move forward with the proposal at its meeting Monday night.

Kelly said the district estimates that the proposal has the potential to produce $140,000 in revenue in its first year, and the profits would be split between the college and the school district.

“I think it’s exciting that we have a top notch food service department, and if we can continue to run the department well and produce good meals for our students and the college, everybody wins,” Kelly said.

Steamboat Nutritional Services Director Max Huppert said he spent three months putting together the proposal.

“It looks like a great deal for everybody so I’m hoping it’s going to happen,” Huppert said, adding he will be at Monday night’s meeting to answer questions from the board and the public. “We have a unique situation here in Steamboat that I think could make this partnership work very well.”

Huppert said if the school district is awarded the bid, he plans to keep lunch prices for K-12 students in Steamboat the same, and meal prices at the college would be lowered to $5 for breakfast, $6 for lunch and $7 for dinner.

Under the proposal, the school district would expand its kitchen operations from the George P. Sauer Human Services Center to the college’s new 60,000-square-foot academic facility that is expected to be completed in July. The new building also will host the college’s first culinary arts program.

Brian Hoza, dean of student affairs at the Alpine Campus, said Sunday that the college has for the past 10 years contracted Sodexo to provide its food service. He said the college would work this week to create a short list of potential food service providers. Cafeteria operations at the Alpine Campus were run internally before a contract first was awarded to Sodexo, which has applied to remain the college’s food service provider.

“We’re taking a close look at all of the options and will consider what is best for CMC and all students,” Hoza said.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the School Board will discuss its upcoming review of Superintendent Brad Meeks, who started with the district in July. Kelly said after Meeks’ evaluation this month, the board will decide at a Jan. 23 meeting whether to renew his contract that currently is scheduled to expire June 30.

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Kristopher Hammond 5 years, 2 months ago

Public entity outsources food service to another public entity. Is this known as "publicizing"?


sedgemo 5 years, 2 months ago

How about keeping some of this food service locally grown, is that even being considered?


Scott Wedel 5 years, 2 months ago

"Kelly said the district estimates that the proposal has the potential to produce $140,000 in revenue in its first year, and the profits would be split between the college and the school district."

I have learned to be extremely skeptical when government says something has "the potential" to save money or produce revenues. City of SB had a financial analysis saying Iron Horse had the potential to make money for the city and apparently never ever considered what actually happened. Note that Iron Horse was going bad BEFORE the economic bust hit SB and the contract they signed during the boom was still far less than the promised potential of the deal.

The big trouble with government claiming potential is that they are playing with other people's money if it goes wrong. So the deal is entered based upon wonderful potentials and minimal concern (and often a lack of understanding) of the risks if it goes wrong.

If operating both had the potential for such significant cost savings then it would make far more business sense if CMC and school district put out a joint bid for food service and asked Mr Huppert et all to form a company and submit a bid.


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