When students and staff at Bullard Independent School District return for the 2018-2019 school year, a new look and new menus will be featured at each campus cafeteria.
The district has contracted with Chartwells, a company that specializes in food service management for public schools around the nation. The company already has a large footprint in East Texas, managing 10 other school districts in the region.
“With a deficit of over $150,000 this year, it is necessary for the district to look for ways to improve our food service management plan,” said Todd Schneider, Bullard ISD Superintendent. “Chartwells is a proven company that provides an efficient food service program that meets the needs of our students. Their food service management expertise will allow us to regain a budget surplus in a shorter period of time.”
Students in the elementary grades will have multiple entree options each day, and high school students will be able to choose from 10 entrees.
The district chose Chartwells after a detailed proposal process required by the Texas Department of Agriculture.
“Chartwells offered us the best return and the lowest administrative costs,” Schneider said.
Within the guidelines of the transition, all current Bullard ISD food service staff will be retained.
Chartwells’ District Manager Rocky Patel said the company plans to have a food service director named as soon as the transition process begins.
The contract between Bullard ISD and Chartwells will begin Sunday, July 1.
According to Chartwells’ website, the mission of the company is “to extend our passion, dedication, knowledge and enthusiasm into serving each student delicious and nutritious meals [and] to nourish the bodies, minds and spirits of our students and pave the way for a lifetime of success and well-being.”
For more information about Chartwells, visit www.chartwellsschools.com.