Quality comes before price when it comes to pizza in school cafeterias.
The Director of Schools recommended going with a bid nearly eight times higher than the lowest bid for the school nutrition pizza program.
The county Financial Management Committee met Tuesday night and during the meeting members discussed the bids for the pizza program. This is one of the first years they had other bidders and the different brands were scored on a rubric to determine the best choice.
“They took bids for the school nutrition pizza program, which is one of the all-time favorites of most everybody. They had to go through a scoring process based on several different areas,” said Director of Schools Dr. Grant Swallows. “Bullseye Brands is the company we have dealt with for several years dating well back before I came here and before our nutrition director. Now that is not the low bid, but it is based on the rubric. It was the highest scoring one with better quality and better service and so that is the one we recommend for approval.”
The bid from Bullseye Brands is $254,548 and the lowest bid was from Palmer Food Service at $31,347.
“Has this been a typical price point?” asked Commissioner Scott Rubley.
“So I believe we got into this process because we have not had a lot of bids in this,” explained Swallows. “Bullseye has been the only bid the last few times so we went out and tried to get some competition and it is a dramatic difference in price, but at the same time this Palmer Food Service is not something we have dealt with before and ultimately that is why we felt like we need to go with someone familiar.”
“We are looking at basically eight times the price,” said Rubley.
“It is dramatic, certainly,” said Swallows.
Swallows explained that there is a committee that does the rubric scoring that is comprised of members from the school system and Central Office. He says the low bid worries him about as much as the high cost of the brand from last year.
“The fact that the low bid is $31,347 that concerns me about as much as how high the other one is. There is no way that you could provide a quality product all year for that price,” said Swallows.
The committee voted to approve Swallows’ recommendation to go with Bullseye Brands.