OC school board renews district food service contract

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By JIM MEYER
Staff Writer

Oil City School Board members on Monday approved the renewal of the district’s food service contract with The Nutrition Group for the 2018-19 school year.

The district will also participate in the community eligibility provision program that will provide free breakfasts and lunches to all students.

After some discussion at Monday’s meeting, the board approved the a la carte menu on the condition that a caffeinated energy drink be removed from the menu.

“I really don’t like that being on the school menu,” board member Jim Disque said, and other board members agreed.

Jodee Raybuck, a Nutrition Group manager, told the board the energy drink could be removed and replaced with a fruit juice drink.

Board members then unanimously approved the menu.

In other business Monday, the board approved the retirement requests of three district staff members effective at the end of the school year. They are Mardelle Rishel, a paraprofessional at Smedley Street Elementary School; reading coach Linda Wrhen; and Suzanne Park, a second-grade teacher at Seventh Street Elementary.

“I’d like to note that we accept these retirements with regret and appreciate the service of these professionals and paraprofessionals,” Superintendent Pat Gavin said.

The board approved Robin Echenoz as junior high track and field coach and Bob Evans and Bill Burkett as track and field volunteers.

Nathan Copley was approved as a bus and van driver.

A field trip request was approved for the women’s quartet Un4Gettable to travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma Aug. 9-11 to compete in the Sweet Adelines International Rising Star contest.

The board approved the general operating budget for Riverview Intermediate Unit 6 for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018, and ending June 30, 2019, in the amount of $1,349,969.

District business manager Susan Fisher said at last week’s work session that Oil City’s share of that amount is $15,212.

The next voting meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 23 at the district administration building at 825 Grandview Road.