As part of the presentation to the Board from Nutrition Services, came the news that they propose serving secondary schools - middle and high schools - from the Central Kitchen starting in Fall 2009.
That means that the school breakfasts and lunches for the nine comprehensive middle schools (for some reason the slide says 10) and the ten comprehensive high schools will come from the Central Kitchen at the JSCEE just as 87 school sites are now served, including all elementary schools and special programs (Interagency, etc.).
While pizzas will still be assembled at the school buildings and they will cook the grill items (hamburgers) there, anything that doesn't come prepared and pre-packaged will come from the Central Kitchen and only be heated at the schools.
There are conflicting opinions about how this will impact food quality, but it will certainly reduce costs and result in lost hours if not lost jobs for the nutrition services workers in the buildings.
It is possible, however, that revenues will be down more than costs if a signficant number of students will choose not to eat the school lunch from the Central Kitchen.
It makes me wonder about the capital expense put into the kitchen space and equipment at the school buildings - kitchen space and equipment that we won't be using.