The Edmond Sun

Education

July 12, 2014

Board of Education extends vending contract

EDMOND — Edmond Board of Education members voted unanimously to extend the Great Plains Coca-Cola vending contract for an additional year.  

Edmond’s board entered into a five-year contract with Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling in 2009-10 and this past June 30 they completed the fifth year of their contract, which included bottled drinks and snacks.

The Imperial/Compass Group subcontracted the snack vending operations when GPCC closed its snack vending operations in May of 2013.

Revenues from the vending machines are given to the schools to help supplement the student activity funds. Those funds in turn are used by principals to buy items for teachers to use in their classrooms as instructional materials or the funds are used in incentive programs for teachers, according to Superintendent David Goin.

Jeanise Morton, business manager for the Edmond Public School District, said since the first year of the five-year contract, revenues have totaled almost $1.2 million.

Sales for 2013-14 were better than the previous year. As a result commissions and bonuses have increased, with funds going back to the schools and athletics.

Highlights for the last fiscal year included:

• Sales of vended beverages were 143 cases more than the prior year, which generated a $1,000 incentive bonus to the district.

• Vended sales revenue was up from 2012-13, generating $3,897 in additional commissions for 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 received a total of $133,789. In 2010-11, the total was $139,711 and in 2011-12, the total was $146,104. For the year 2012-13, the district netted $159,558 and in 2013-14 the bonuses and incentives returned to the district’s coffers came to $163,454 ($54,552 for beverages/$108,902 for snacks).

Morton told board members Tuesday night that although the district saw an increase in vending sales for the last school term, sales may take a dip in the coming school year.

In speaking with Lance Whorton, president of Imperial Vending, Whorton told Morton he is expecting that the changes required for the implementation of the Healthy Snacks initiative will result in a 50-70 percent decrease in vended snack sales. Imperial is working to develop an offering of snacks that meet the new federal guidelines.

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