District approves beverage contract

The Webster City school board faced a brief agenda Tuesday night that involved approving the district’s beverage department, reviewing a transportation report and accepting resignations and contact recommendations.

The board looked at two beverage bids provided by Pepsi and Coca-Cola. Superintendent Mike Sherwood said the district had used Pepsi for about 10 years. He said that Food Service Director Todd Hartnett recommended continuing with Pepsi and Kevin Bahrenfuss who handles concessions at the school concurred with the recommendation.

“Both Kevin and Todd are supportive of the service they get from Pepsi,” Sherwood said.

Sherwood said that the beverage contract includes waters and juices.

Transportation Director Ted Larson submitted his written report on the district’s bus fleet and offered his recommendations for the coming year. Sherwood said the report identifies that the district’s oldest bus is 16-years old.

“It could be time to do something with that bus,” he said. Sherwood said Northeast Hamilton has two Suburban that will be joining the fleet.

Larson’s recommendations included adding an 84-passenger bus and a minibus to the district’s inventory next year, another bus in 2019-2020 and 2021-2022.

Sherwood said funds for the bus purchase could be earmarked for next year’s budget and that funds could come from the incentives received in relation to the reorganization.

“That would be a Dr. Ross decision,” he said, referring to incoming Superintendent Amanda Ross. Sherwood will retire at the end of June.

“The bus fleet’s not in bad shape, but it’s time to purchase another bus,” he said.

Resignations were received from Hayley Murphy, sixth grade teacher, Sarah Thayer, middle school guidance counselor and Kevin Whitehill, high school assistant principal.

A contract was approved for Rebecca Eggers who will serve as a middle school social studies and science instructor.