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Privatization costs

June 4, 2013

Here we go again! Didn’t the Williamsport School Board learn anything from the blunder they made in privatizing the bus operations in the school district? That mistake cost taxpayers thousands of......

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andy33

Jun-04-13 2:43 AM

This school board is a bunch of clowns!

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CarlHiller

Jun-04-13 5:57 AM

You can't fix stupid.

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MrShaman

Jun-04-13 6:00 AM

"Why would we allow our taxes dollars to go into the bank accounts of corporate America..." - Roxann Willets

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...Because they've "always" demonstrated such a "stellar"-record of "doing the Right-thing", in the past??

See:

Iraq For Sale The War Profiteers (YouTube)

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MrShaman

Jun-04-13 6:01 AM

"Why would we allow our taxes dollars to go into the bank accounts of corporate America..." - Roxann Willets

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...Because they've "always" demonstrated such a "stellar"-record of "doing the Right-thing", in the past??

See:

Iraq For Sale The War Profiteers (YouTube)

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eriklatranyi

Jun-04-13 6:49 AM

Yeah, gov't never wastes tax dollars by signing bad contracts with crony companies.

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JohnZook

Jun-04-13 8:53 AM

Sounds like we have some candidates for school board positions here. When's the next election and who's going to stop complaining and be the next candidate.

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JohnZook

Jun-04-13 8:57 AM

Two things- If employed by the District, are they unionized? If they are, will the taxpayers have to support their pensions? And secondly, if they sub-contract, the unions will lose their dues. (A little Joe Biden thrown in there) Hahahahaha!!!

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JohnZook

Jun-04-13 9:04 AM

Before we complain too much, please remember that Michelle O. is running the school lunch programs now. And since she knows what's best for our kids, there must be certain guidelines for the food our children are consuming. At least our kids aren't having cross dressing day like the school in Wisconsin. What happened to "Readin', Writin', and 'Rithmatic?

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JohnZook

Jun-04-13 9:07 AM

Radio@7:22- Sham has those days EVERYDAY!! Just read his posts. And where would he be w/o You Tube....................

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mikekerstetter

Jun-04-13 4:57 PM

JohnZook-"Two things- If employed by the District, are they unionized? If they are, will the taxpayers have to support their pensions?"

The pension has nothing to do with being unionized, only if they work for the district or the food service company if they are hiring one.

My wife worked part time at a school that was managed by Nutrition Inc. She was a school employee. She was NOT in any union, but she was covered under PSERS.

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mikekerstetter

Jun-04-13 5:13 PM

radioactive, are you a college student? Just wondering, because you complain like one.

I've been in the foodservice industry for 30 years, 8 of those years cooking at Bucknell as a cook, both under Bucknell's management, and a food service companies management. There wasn't any difference in quality, but choice and selection of foods increased five fold with the food service company. One thing is certain, you can never duplicate Mom's cooking when doing institutional food service. And what you find unappealing the next guy thinks is Gourmet. What's more, some of your classmates help in the preparation of your meal to help them out with financing. Most of the rest are on the lower end of the wage scale. I'm sure they're doing their best with what they have available to put out the best product they can. So give them a break.

We ate twice at our Daughters college this year. She says the food was horrible, I found it to be pretty good. Different tastes.

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mikekerstetter

Jun-05-13 3:53 AM

radioactive-"What I see, is that although sodexo was bad, this park'n'eat is worse. They over prepare high-end courses that end-up in the garbage - 8 to 10 trays. employees on multiple smoke breaks. and, if you work at buckness, you work for the same company."

No, haven't worked at Bucknell for close to 18 years, when I left it was the Wood company. Are you a food service person? Ever worked in institutional food service? Having been there and done that, I can tell you it's not as simple as you make it out to be. They have to prepare enough food for everyone who wants to eat. And they have to do this for multiple menu selections. They have their production records as a guide to use to figure out how much was used at the last meal served, but that's only a guide. If the records show they had 1000 people eat burgers the last time but only 500 show up to eat, you've got a lot of burgers to do something with.

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mikekerstetter

Jun-05-13 4:02 AM

Serving that many people in an hour or two isn't fast food. Stuff has to be prepared in advance and a lot of it cooked ahead of time to be able to keep up.

While it may sound like a good idea to donate leftovers to a soup kitchen, I don't think they take leftovers. In my opinion, it would be too much of a risk for the soup kitchen because they have no idea how the food was handled; were ServeSafe practices followed and the food cooled and stored according to guidelines to ensure it's safe?

Don't know what your fixation is on smoke breaks. I'm not a smoker, can't stand cigarette smoke. But do you know for certain that it's the same people 'taking multiple smoke breaks' or is it people taking turns? But even if it is the same people, what does it matter for the sake of this conversation?

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rick424

Jun-05-13 3:17 PM

"At least our kids aren't having cross dressing day like the school in Wisconsin."

I finally found a local article about this, very interesting story. Now that the right wing publications got a hold of it and put their own twist to it, it makes it a funny story. as someone posted earlier, you can't fix stupid

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mikekerstetter

Jun-06-13 3:31 AM

Yeah, but simple probability doesn't always work out. I'm not defending a poorly run organization. I really don't know anything about the company itself. But I do know that it's not as simple as you make it out to be. Your statements seem to contradict themselves. In one you post they are 'poorly prepared meals' and in another they are 'high end meals'. The quality of the meals went up when you were talking about stuff getting thrown away, which makes your complaint a bit suspect.

You've still not explained the relevance to smoking in reference to the issue at hand. Since the article is about a local school district one should be able to safely assume that there will be no smoke breaks since smoking on school grounds is prohibited.

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