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ELKO – The Southwest Foodservice Excellence Award, known as SFE, was awarded a five-year contract to provide food service to the Elko County School District after scoring higher than the current provider, Chartwells K12, in an evaluation of its proposals.

The school’s trustees voted for the change on the recommendation of Superintendent Clayton Anderson with one vote from Chairman Teresa Dastrop, who thanked Chartwells for serving the company.

She said on May 24, “I’ve stayed here long enough to know that Chartwells has really worked and worked to try and overcome our region’s challenges,” but added that she would support the board’s decision.

Anderson said the district submitted a request for proposals, and the SFE scored the highest in assessments completed by a special panel.

“Despite the positive interaction I’ve always had with Chartwells employees, that’s how the scores have come out, hence the recommendation,” he said.

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The committee examining proposals from the SFE based in Chartwells and Scottsdale, Arizona, gave a score of 92 out of 100 to SFE and a score of 83 to Chartwells. categories included in the cost; approach method and implementation plan; experience, expertise and reliability; and evaluation of menu samples for 21 days.

SFE scored 28 points on cost, Chartwells, 24. When implementing a plan to meet area needs, SFE scored 24 points, Chartwells, 20. Sample list, SFE scored 18, Chartwells, 16.

SFE’s suggested cost rates included an administration fee of 7.24 cents per meal and an administration fee of 15.62 cents per meal, according to the school district. Chartwells’ proposal was 15 cents a meal and an annual management fee of $150,000.

Chartwells’ executive chef, Jeff Tobias, said in a public comment earlier in the meeting that Chartwells employees are “frustrated” at the prospect of losing the contract after serving the region for eight years.

“I think the Chartwells have done a great job keeping staff with the pandemic and feeding the kids during the pandemic. I know the competition makes great promises, but we know what Chartwells have done — good job,” Tobias said.

Chartwells K12 and the school district provided meals through distribution stations in Elko, Spring Creek, West Wendover, Wells, Jackpot, Carlin and Owyhee during the pandemic when public schools were closed and children were attending remote school.

Monty Staggs, CEO of SFE, stated on March 25 that “SFE is honored to partner with Elko County School District to deliver healthy and delicious meals to students. We are excited to introduce our new approach from scratch and focus on local partnerships to student panels across the region. We look forward to Working with Elko’s talented team and supporting their individual growth with best-in-class hands-on training.”

In response to a question from Guardian Matt McCarty, Anderson said that some of the staff at the food service are Chartwells staff and some are school district staff, and those who work in the district “will maintain that status.” Chartwells employees will no longer be hired, but he said it is “expected” that the SFE will be looking to hire the majority, other than management.

In the emailed statement, Staggs said the company is “delighted to welcome the Elko County School District team to SFE. District employees will continue to be Elko County School District employees and non-management employees at the former food service management company will be offered the same position with SFE. We cannot do without them. We are excited to be working together to provide great meals to Elko’s students.”

McCarty thanked Tobias, and said that after considering the grades, he felt the board should accept the supervisor’s recommendation to outsource the school’s program to SFE.

Guardian Jeff Durham said there was a “pretty big gap” in the two companies’ models, but that Chartwells scored higher for experience and reliability and that “jumped in my face”. But he said the rest of the percentage differences could not be ignored.

Trustee Dr. Joshua Byers commended the committee for working to implement the lengthy proposals, and said, “I don’t make that decision easily when jobs are at stake, but the district has to make the decision that’s best for students and the district itself.”

Shows were available for viewing at the county office, but the only spectators were trustees Byers and Susan Neal, according to Anderson.

Chartwells began providing meals to schools in Elko County in 2015, after the school board decided to outsource food distribution services, and the contract was renewed in 2016. The company operated under this contract until it expired on June 30.

“A food service order is required for presentations every five years. COVID-19 has led to extensions to many states, including Nevada, which is why the last RFP was over five years ago,” said Julie Davis, CFO, Julie Davis. Years”.

SFE serves 160 school districts nationwide, according to the company.

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