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Springfield, MO Schools Award Exclusive Beverage Contract

Vendor must limit student access during school hours

June 01, 2011|Larry Burkum | KSPR News Producer

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri — The Springfield, Missouri school board approved an exclusive beverage contract during a special meeting Wednesday night.

Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company and Pepsi Americas each submitted proposals for exclusive contracts at the request of Springfield Public Schools. The board awarded the contract to Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company after a financial analysis of the proposals.

The company will pay the district more than $350,000 over the term of the 5 year contract, including an upfront cash donation of $212,500. Under the contract, soda vending machines will be equipped with timers to disable the machines during school hours. The new contract takes effect July 1.

In other action, the school board:

    Approved a food service management agreement with Aramark Corporation for a one-year period, beginning July 1, 2011, with the option to exercise four additional one-year renewals extending through June 30, 2016.

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    Approved a contract authorizing Safety National Casualty Corporation as the district's carrier for workers' compensation excess coverage for the 12 months ending May 31, 2012.

    Approved a lease/purchase agreement for Konica copiers at a price negotiated through the Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies Cooperative Agreement. The district currently leases copy equipment but with the new agreement it will own the equipment at the end of three years.

    Accepted the proposal of Commerce Bank, N.A. for lease/purchase financing for a principal amount ranging not to exceed $725,000 to be used to purchase copier equipment.

    Accepted a bid of $1,222,000 from Mechanical Services Inc. for the Boyd Elementary School air conditioning project, which is funded by the 2009 bond. Installation of air conditioning at Boyd, York, Rountree and Robberson elementary schools will begin this summer and should be substantially complete by fall.

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