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July 3, 2013

School board continues vending contract with GPCC

EDMOND — Edmond Public Schools just completed its fourth year in a contract with Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Company that netted $159,558 in bonuses and incentives being returned to the district’s coffers for the 2012-13 academic year.

The food and beverage vending agreement ended June 30 and Edmond Board of Education members voted unanimously Monday night to renew the district’s contract with GPCC.

A total of $924,738 has been put back into the district through commissions, exclusive rights payments and donated product and bonuses in the past four years the district has been with GPCC, said Jeanise Morton, EPS business manager.

Morton highlighted some of the services provided during the last fiscal year. GPCC paid the exclusive rights and base payments totaling $75,000 in a timely manner. Monthly commissions on vended sales are paid directly to the sites.  

Prior to GPCC taking over the contract in 2009-10, the total received by the district was $110,000. School board members had voted to put healthier items in the vending and cola machines that year. In 2009-10 the schools receved a total of $133,789. In 2010-11, the total was $139,711 and in 2011-12 $146,104.

Morton told board members the vending choices continue to meet the guidelines established by the district and American Beverage Association policies.

Because of the high sales of vended beverages, 162 cases, during the last fiscal year, Morton said the district received a $1,000 incentive bonus. Vended beverage sales revenue was up 11 percent from 2011-12, generating $13,364 in additional commissions for the sites.

Non-vended sales were as follows: 2,094 cases in 2009-10, 2,472 cases in 2010-11 with $7,000 in bonuses paid; 2,866 cases in 2011-12 with $10,000 in bonuses paid; 3,403 cases in 2012-13 with $15,000 in bonuses paid.

GPCC closed its snack vending operations in May and the snack vending has now been subcontracted to the Imperial/Compass Group, Morgan said.

“Imperial/Compass will continue to meet the guidelines for healthy choices set by district policy and the ABA, which is required per the agreement,” Morgan said. “The agreement has language that provides the district with a guaranteed commission to be paid based on commissions paid in the prior year. The 2012-13 amount of $159,558 will serve as the guarantee for 2013-14, assuming no changes to the current agreement.”

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