Child Nutrition - Food Services
Cindy Anson, Food Service Director
Director of Nutrition Services
The Poteau Public School District participates in the National School Lunch/School Breakfast Program. Nutritious meals are served every school day. All meals served must meet patterns established by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.
Students may qualify for free or reduced-price meals. One family application must be submitted each year listing every child in the family. Applications are available throughout the school year from your school. Questions regarding free and reduced-priced meals should be directed to the food service department at 918-647-7724
Breakfast and lunch monies can be prepaid. Payments may be made in the cafeteria at each school, the Child Nutrition Central Office (located in the civic center) or mailed to 100 Mockingbird Lane, Attention Child Nutrition.. Checks are accepted and should be made out to (name of school) Food Service (Example: Poteau High School Food Service). The money remains in the student account and may be used for any meal during the year. Your child's account can be replenished at any time to avoid a negative balance. If you have any additional questions about the menu or food service in general, please contact the cafeteria manager at 918-647-7724 who is always willing to answer any questions about the child nutrition program.
Parents are welcome to eat with their child, they will be required to purchase a plate at the adult rate for breakfast or lunch.
Poteau School District Child Nutrition Programs
Procurement Plan Link - coming
It is policy of the Poteau Board of Education to follow acceptable practices in the procurement of food supplies for this school district. Acceptable practices are those set forth in federal law. Oklahoma Statutes, and Department of Education regulations.
No employee, officer, or agent of this school district shall participate in the selection of or in the award or administration of a contact for food procurement if a conflict of interest, real or apparent, would be involved.
Conflict of interest arise when any of the following has a financial or other interest in the firm selected for the award:
The employee, officer, or agent;
Officers, employees, and agents of this school district shall neither solicit nor accept gratuities, favors, or anything of monetary value from contractors, potential contractors, or parties to sub agreements.
Officers, employees, contractors, and agents are expected to be aware of the penalties established by the Anti-Kickback Act of 1974 as codified by Oklahoma Statues, Title 70, Section 3401 et seq.
The superintendent is directed to establish a regulation setting forth acceptable procurement procedures for this district.
In accordance with the policy of the board of education, the following regulation shall govern the procurement of food for this school district.
The method of procurement used will be determined by the aggregate amount of goods, equipment, and services purchased. “Aggregate” is defined as any purchase or group of purchases, e.g., milk and milk products, bread, canned and staple foods, fresh and frozen meats, etc., capable of being secured from a single source on a given date or during a purchase period. The procurement methods that will be used by this school district to purchase the goods, equipment, and services required by the program are as follows:
1. Small Purchase Procedures will be used to purchase goods, equipment, and services where the aggregate cost is less than $10,000, and fresh produce regardless of aggregate amount.
When small purchases procedures are used, the following conditions, stipulations, and terms must be met:
A. The goods, equipment, or services to be purchased must be adequately and consistently described for each prospective supplier so that each one can provide price quotes on the same merchandise or services;
B. Written or verbal “requests for quotations” for the goods, equipment, or services to be purchased may be made;
C. An adequate number of qualified sources must be contacted to provide such quotes. NOTE: The term “adequate number” is determined by local market conditions;
D. Responses to “requests for quotations” can be in either written form or verbal with a written confirmation;
E. Cost plus a percentage of cost method of purchasing is prohibited;
F. Price quotation responses will be retained by this school district with other program documentation and records for a period of five years after the end of the fiscal year to which they pertain.
2. Competitive Sealed Bids (Formal Advertising) will be used to purchase goods, equipment, and services where the aggregate cost is $10,000 or more, and when the selection of a successful supplier can appropriately be made principally on the basis of price. NOTE; Breaking up purchases with the intent of circumventing formal advertising procedures is contrary to federal procurement regulations. Any change in the district’s normal purchasing practices which results in the aggregate amount of purchases becoming less than $10,000 must be documented for review and audit purposes.
When competitive sealed bids are used, the following conditions, stipulations, and terms must be met:
A. The invitation to bid will be publicly advertised;
B. Bids will be solicited from an adequate number of known suppliers in sufficient time prior to the date set for the opening of the bids;
C. The invitations for bid will clearly define the goods, equipment, or services needed in order for the bidders to be able to properly respond. This includes product specifications and general purchasing conditions;
D. All bids will be opened publicly at the time and place stated in the invitations for bid;
E. A firm, fixed-price contract award will be made by written notice to the responsible bidder whose bid is lowest, assuming the bid conforms to the requirements in the invitation for bid. NOTE: Section 730 of School Laws of Oklahoma states that school districts shall prefer in all purchases those supplies, materials, and provisions produced, manufactured, or grown in Oklahoma provided that such preference is not for articles on inferior quality to those offered from outside the state. Section 730 further states that a differential of not more than five percent (5%) may be allowed in the cost of Oklahoma materials, supplies, and provisions of equal quality;
F. Where specified in the bidding documents, factors such as discounts, transportation costs, and life cycle costs (for equipment), if applicable, will be considered in determining which bid is lowest;
G. Payment discounts will only be used to determine the low bid when prior experience of the school district indicates that such discounts are generally taken;
H. Any and all bids may be rejected when there are sound documented reasons that the best interest of the program will not be served by the potential suppliers;
I. Cost plus a percentage of cost method of contracting is prohibited.
J. All bids received must be documented and such documentation shall be maintained by this school district with other program records for five years after the end of the fiscal year to which they pertain.
3. Competitive Negotiation can be used when competitive sealed bids are determined to be inappropriate, infeasible, or impossible. This method of procurement is commonly used for the acquisition of professional services. The document used to solicit bids is commonly referred to as a request for proposal.
When competitive negotiation is used, the following conditions, stipulations, and forms must be met:
A. Proposals will be solicited from an adequate number (at a minimum, two) of qualified sources to permit reasonable competition;
B. The request for proposal will be publicized and reasonable requests by other sources to complete must be honored to the maximum extent possible;
C. The request for proposal will identify all significant evaluation factors, including price or cost where required, and their relative importance;
D. This school district will provide a mechanism: (1) for technical evaluation of the proposals received; (2) to determine which responsible bidders will be contacted for further written and verbal discussions; and (3) for selection of contract award;
E. The contract will be awarded to the responsible bidder whose proposal is most advantageous to the school district when price or other factors are considered;
F. Cost plus a percentage of cost method of contracting is prohibited;
G. All requests for proposals received must be documented and such documentation shall be retained by the school district with other records for five years after the end of the fiscal year to which they pertain.
4. Non-competitive Negotiation is procurement through solicitation of a proposal from only one source and can only be used when the procurement is not feasible under small purchase procedures, competitive sealed bids (formal advertising), or competitive negotiation. The decision to use non-competitive negotiation must be justified in writing and be available for audit and review. As with the methods of procurement, such documentation must be maintained with other program records for five years after the end of the fiscal year to which they pertain.
Circumstances under which procurement may be made noncompetitive negotiations are limited to the following:
A. The merchandise or service is available only from a single source;
B. A public emergency exists and the urgency for the requirement will not permit the delay involved with competitive sealed bids (formal advertising) or competitive negotiation;
C. After solicitation from a number of sources, competition is found to be lacking.
Food Allergy Guidelines
Impact on the School
The student with an undiagnosed food allergy may experience a first allergy reaction while at school.
When a physician assesses that a child’s food allergy will result in anaphylaxis, the child’s condition meets the definition of “disability” and is covered under the Federal Americans with Disability Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and may be covered under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) if the allergy management affects the student’s ability to make educational progress.
Adequate plans and staff, who are knowledgeable regarding preventive measures and are well prepared to handle severe allergic reactions, can save the life of a child.
School Personnel Responsibility