OPAA Food Management Presents Service Benefits to USD 382 Board of Education – Kiowa County Signal

By Jayden Mies
Special student journalist at the Tribune

On Monday, November 14, the $382 School Board met to discuss the latest reports and news from their district.

Following a presentation by Greg Reiner on the district’s annual audit, OPAA, the food management service that provides breakfast and school lunches to the district, gave a presentation, led by Jack Koehn Tiffany Schnittker. Koehn first discussed the many benefits of having a restaurant business like OPAA. He then talked about NutriSlice, which is an online menu program, and mentioned the Farm to School program.

Schnittker highlighted some of the OPAA menus. She said each school has a different number of options, and those include things like kid-friendly options and a new salad bar. She reported that the kids seemed to like these new choices, and she’s currently experimenting with producing new things like new menu items and breakfast packaging. Finally, Aaron Romero spoke about various training and programs for OPAA employees. These include things like menu development, tasting, cooking, and leadership talks.

In other business, the school board: * approved bills and payments for the month with a motion by Hoener-Queal and Jennifer Hopkins * heard Superintendent Tony Helfrich report that he will be working with retired teachers and PNEA leaders to keep current teachers and staff informed of news at the state legislative level.

* heard Maintenance Manager David Inslee’s report on Liberty Middle School’s boiler loop repair, battery issues with backpack vacuums, and working with Pur-OZone to resolve this issue * heard report from Deputy Superintendent David Schmidt on the state of the district’s emergency management, adopting and choosing between two programs at Southwest and State Assessments, which will begin in January and end in April, and an Architect Presentation, including a work session is scheduled for Tuesday, November 2 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

*approved requests for early graduations* approved personnel changes, including the resignation of Joy Schmidt as PHS Pep Club co-sponsor, Aspostolo Zuniga as new Beyond the Bell tutor and Graceyn Fleming as as a new recruit for Beyond the Bell Secretary. After approval of these changes, the meeting adjourned at 8:59 p.m.

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