EL-G district contracts with Watson’s for food service

by Rodney Schroeter
of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE — Kyle Kouri, director of food services from Watson’s Vending & Foodservice Inc. of Sheboygan, addressed the School Board Monday night.

Kouri and another representative of Watson’s have recently discussed the company’s interest in providing food services for the district with Superintendent Dr. Ann Buechel Haack.

Kouri provided background on the company as the board examined an 11-page handout describing the company’s services, long-term customers in the area, menu items and prices.

“Watson’s is a privately-held company that’s been familyowned and operated since 1928,” Kouri said. “We have a staff of about 125. We operate primarily out of Sheboygan. We also have facilities in Jackson and Manitowoc.

“Lots of our employees have been with Watson’s for many years,” Kouri said. “So we have a lot of people who care passionately about not only the business, but about the community.”

Kouri said the hot lunches they offered would cost no more than hot lunches the school currently has. He said Watson’s would work with the district’s current food services personnel to determine who wishes to continue working there.

After further discussion and questions, the board voted unanimously to contract with Watson’s Vending & Foodservice.

Other board business

Brian “Fuzzy” Feldmann gave a report of maintenance projects completed, in process, and proposed. The board unanimously approved a proposal to improve the pavement of the high school parking lot.

Buechel Haack read off the donations received in June. The board voted unanimously to accept them, with thanks and appreciation.

Buechel Haack mentioned a press release stating that the district will receive about $1.4 million under Gov. Scott Walker’s biennial budget. She emphasized that this was not additional or new money, but money the district was already scheduled to receive.

Elementary Principal Deb Hammann’s K-8 highlights included various end-of-year activities such as eighth-grade recognition; a sixth-grade trip to Lions Park in Elkhart Lake; seventh- and eighth-graders going to the beach to build sand castles; a trip to Glenbeulah Park for fourth- and fifth-graders. Summer school has 164 students registered. Visitation Day for summer school will be Friday, July 7. Parents, guardians, and grandparents are welcome to attend.

High School Principal Ryan Faris’ highlights included recent graduation; teachers working on assessments, calenders, and other planning during the summer; several students involved in the apprentice program over the summer; Mrs. Roehl will take three students to the national FCCLA (Family, Career, Community Leaders of America) conference in July.

The board unanimously approved:

• The proposed 2017-18 schedule of meetings.

• A resolution adopting the proposed 2017-18 budget, with a tax levy of $5,320,338, and a mill rate of 8.13581.

• Including FFA (Future Farmers of America) and FCCLA advisors in the Major Extra Duty Assignment Category.

• CESA 7 contracts.

• Acceptance of several grants to the district.

• Several staff changes.

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