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Eugene 4J School Board Votes Not to Renew Sodexo Contract

Eugene 4J

The Eugene 4J school board Wednesday voted to change its food service operations. The district will not renew its contract with Sodexo, they'll manage it in-house effective July 1st.

Eugene 4J Board Vice Chair Anne Marie Levis says the vote was unanimous to go to self-operation. She says they’ve been talking about making the change for years with the goal of making meals more nutritious for students.

“We really believe that investing in nutrition is investing in our kids and investing in their health-- which is good for graduation rates, which is good for behavior, which is really something we should be focused on for the future of our kids.”

Levis says bond money will help fund the transition for school kitchens so they are better equipped for cooking. She says they’ll seek guidance from other districts including Bethel and Bend which already have self-operating food service.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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