The Edmond Sun

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July 3, 2012

Schools to test debit/credit card use for vending machines

EPS signs 3-year contract with Great Plains Coca-Cola

EDMOND — Edmond high school students will be able to access vending machines with debit/credit cards when school begins in August.

During the Monday night Edmond School Board meeting, members voted 4-0 to extend the district’s vending machine agreement with the Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Company for three years and to test market debit/credit card usage in the three high schools. Board member George Cohlmia was absent.

After seeing how much interest is generated through the debit/credit card usage, Chris Sheehan of Great Plains said if a need is there and use is here, more machines with debit/credit card features will be added in the future.

David Fraser, chief financial officer for the Edmond School District, told board members working with Great Plains had been a very positive experience and a great partnership.

Board member Kathleen Duncan said, “I appreciate the income from the vending machines has increased even with healthier items in the vending machines.”

Superintendent David Goin echoed her comment by saying the high school commissions were significant.

“The district’s middle schools and high schools earned $146,104 in commission for the 2011-12 school year,” Fraser said. “It is guaranteed as a minimum benchmark for next year because the contract requires commission to be based on the prior year’s commission.”

Commissions for each school are based on sales at each location. Contract requires commission based on prior year’s commission.

“We are pleased with the commission this year,” Fraser said. “Sales are up, and commissions are up about $13,000 from last year.”

The commissions will go into discretionary funds to use for the students.

“The principals use the funds for student incentives, awards, to purchase small equipment, for refreshments for faculty and students, as well as to support faculty training and travel to attend workshops,” Fraser said. “Things the operating budget won’t cover.”

In addition to the $146,104 commission, an annual $55,000 for exclusive rights goes to the activity fund held by the administration, and $20,000 annually goes to athletics based on non-vended items sold by booster clubs as well as drinks used for athletics, Fraser said.

Bonuses for additional cases in non-vended and vended items are also available over the contracted amount sold.

Great Plains also increased a product donation from $3,000 to $4,500 to go to elementary schools. Each elementary school will receive an additional $100.

When the district changed to healthy options a few years ago, sales turned downward, but in the past three years sales have slowly increased each year.

pmiller@edmondsun.com | 341-2121, ext. 171

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