Mahomet-Seymour OKs contracts with vendors
MAHOMET — What Chief School Business Official Trent Nuxoll calls "the year of the bids" continues, with the school board voting to approve new contracts with several vendors:
— A one-year contract with Ken's Oil Service, based in Forrest, for fuel to power the district's fleet of buses. M-S previously had a three-year contract with Illini FS.
Nuxoll said that the district partnered with Paxton-Buckley-Loda on the bid process, which made them more competitive. The new contract features fixed, rather than variable, pricing, something that Nuxoll said would've saved M-S over $5,000 last year.
— Renewal of its food service contract with Aramark. By law, school districts in Illinois must solicit bids for food services every five years. Nuxoll noted that Aramark was the only company to submit a bid.
Until the meal price increases a few years ago, the districtwide food service program was in the red, Nuxoll said. Now, it's breaking even.
— Contracts for property, casualty and worker's comp insurance.
M-S was previously a part of the Central Illinois School Insurance Cooperative, which dissolved in November. Districts' existing policies remain in place only until June 30.
With input from Bushue Human Resources, the district's consultant on insurance, staff recommended signing on with Hanover Insurance for property and general liability insurance, Brickstreet Insurance for worker's compensation and ACE American for pollution liability insurance covering the district's underground fuel storage tanks.
Although rates have gone up due to the new school building and other factors, "we're working hard to control that cost," Nuxoll said.