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Having their say: Southern Hancock food service personnel and a school parent gave the district's school board thumbs up for hiring Aramark Food Service to manage personnel and food preparations. Sugar Creek Elementary School cafeteria manager Mary Bailey (from left), New Palestine High School cafeteria manager Shelly Lehman and district parent Angie Henry spoke to the board Monday night.


NEW PALESTINE — The Southern Hancock school district is now the first in the county to outsource its food service.

The school board unanimously agreed Monday night to a recommendation from Assistant Superintendent Bob Yoder to hire Aramark Food Service to take over the management, meal planning and food preparation for the district’s 3,000-plus students.

Some of the changes suggested in the Aramark proposal for the first year of a five-year contract include installing a made-to-order deli bar at New Palestine High School; implementing fruit and vegetable bars in all schools; enhancing breakfasts in all schools; and implementing new faculty and staff dining room menus.

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