Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A concentrated DECREASE in student enrollment plus a marked INCREASE in food services spending = Um, what?

According to the AZ Auditor General report, there has been a concentrated decrease in student enrollment numbers since 2013.  At the same time, however, there has been a marked increase in spending on food service in the same time period.

The trend makes no sense, particularly given that TUSD makes money on food services, if I understand correctly, because TUSD is a food services vendor to private schools, for example.  Given that TUSD is losing money on food services, maybe it should consider either 1) not vending to private schools and focusing on providing quality food to TUSD students at reasonable cost, or 2) improving efficiency and making TUSD accountable to its constituents.

1 comment:

  1. I am glad you are looking closely at the numbers and looking for disconnects. It is worth asking the question and looking at alternatives. Private schools may be an issue. You may also want to look at Free and Reduced Lunch. Has there been an increase of student that qualify? This may cause an increase in costs. Also, are we reducing staff at those schools where enrollment is dropping? Are we becoming more labor intensive by operating numerous food sites like kiosks around the campuses> Definitely should be looked into. Thank you!