Apollo-Ridge School District hires Nutrition Inc. to oversee food service
There's a new lunch lady in town for the Apollo-Ridge School District, at least temporarily.
The school board on Monday approved bringing in Nutrition Inc. to oversee the district's food service through Jan. 31.
The company is being brought in as an independent contractor after the Nov. 2 resignation of food service Director Kathleen Smathers, who had been with the district since 1997.
Under a consultant agreement, the district will pay Nutrition $1,500 per month plus a daily rate of $175 for the days its food service director is on-site.
Nutrition will review, oversee and offer advice for improving the food service program administration, the agreement states.
Nutrition was brought in to run the district's cafeterias until a replacement for Smathers can be found, board President Greg Primm said. No other employees were capable of taking over her duties, he said.
“We need someone to continue running the program until we fill the slot,” Primm said. “It's very hard to find an individual who's not already employed someplace else to do her job.”
The district runs its own cafeteria program, and Primm said there has not been any discussion of changing that.
As part of the agreement, Apollo-Ridge agreed not to attempt to hire any of Nutrition's management employees during the agreement and for three years afterward without the company's consent.
Board caps tax increase
The board formally stated that it will not seek to raise taxes for the 2013-14 school year beyond 2.5 percent.
Under Act 1, the district is allowed to increase property taxes by up to 2.5 percent, its state-imposed inflation index, without seeking voters' approval or asking the state for special permission.
Solicitor gets raise
The board approved rate increases requested by Solicitor Tucker Arensberg.
The hourly rate will increase from $95 to $105, effective Jan. 1. That $10-an-hour increase reflects an increase of 10.5 percent.
The monthly meeting rate increased from $350 to $400. That $50 additional is an increase of 14 percent.
Brian C. Rittmeyer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4701 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- John Nash, wife, ‘A Beautiful Mind’ inspiration, die in N.J. taxi crash
- Man shot while driving through Liberty Tunnel
- Ex-Baldwin, Pitt star Pinkston not giving up on NFL dream
- Book details secret to Pirates’ turnaround
- Former pitcher Allie happily adjusting to outfield
- Motorcyclist killed after striking pole in Penn Township
- Pa. gaming industry’s growth amplifies siren call for addicts
- Pirates chase Mets’ Harvey early in rout
- Coroners, organ harvesting group spar over procurement process
- Rossi: Days off are when Pirates’ starters begin winning formula
- Unquestionable courage & sacrifice