MARION CENTER: Board approves lunchtime changes
MARION CENTER — Students can expect a quicker and more efficient walk through the cafeteria meal line when classes open for the new term next month at Marion Center Area School District.
The school board on Monday agreed to update the nutrition service software, purchasing the Premero Edge program to control everything from inventory, to menu planning, to the checkout line.
Allison Kimmel, who was named in May as the district’s new cafeteria program director, told the directors that the present system, in place for 10 years, no longer has developer support and costs the district $2,640 a year for maintenance.
Kimmel presented the request for the system update after recommending that the district change the name of her department from “food service” to “nutrition service,” because of the range of nutrition education services provided and her credentials as a certified nutritionist.
Premero Edge, she said, would cost $2,185 a year, support multiple users, provide Web access for students and parents, and offer an online account management system.
Under a state purchase contract, the district could expect a discount of as much as $2,000 from the retail cost of $19,515 for Premero Edge, said Business Manager Richard Martini.
Although school begins in less than six weeks, Martini recommended the purchase.
“We felt it important enough and in our best interest to act now and not start it midstream,” he said.
Martini said the purchase of associated computers and hardware would be covered in the district’s capital projects budget.
Board President Gregg Sacco asked how the students would benefit from the new program.
Students could use a thumb reader, swipe a card or punch a code on a keypad to complete their purchases, if the district buys all the needed hardware, Kimmel said. The system also could provide allergy alerts when the menu includes items matching risk factors indicated on the students’ accounts.
The board unanimously approved the purchase on the vote of Sacco and directors Justin Elkin, Charles Glasser, Charles LaVan, Anthony Moretti, Robert Neese, Karen Risinger, Robert Young and Ronald Oswald, who participated by conference call.