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Dawson County BOE approves school nutrition bid, 4H contract
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The Board of Education building at 28 Main Street. - photo by Jessica Taylor

At the regularly scheduled meeting on April 28, the Dawson County Board of Education accepted a bid for school nutrition supplies, approved a contract with 4H and welcomed new BOE Nathan Ingram to his seat on the board.

Board members unanimously accepted a bid from US Foods as the school system’s nutrition supplier. Linda Byrd, director of school nutrition, presented the bid to the board.

“We’re part of a food-buying co-op which includes Dawson, Fannin, Pickens, Lumpkin, Gilmer and Stephens County,” Byrd said. “This bid can be renewed for five years and we just finished our fifth year. They provide all of our food items except milk and fresh produce.”

The school system spends about $60,000 per month to buy entrees, frozen fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, beverages and other staple goods from nutrition suppliers. 

According to Byrd, the school system has saved a lot of money since it started bidding everything in five-year periods as part of the co-op. 

The board unanimously approved the US Foods bid for the contract.

4H contract with UGA approved 

The board also approved a 4H contract with the University of Georgia. 

Under the contract, the UGA Extension office will appoint a member of the County Extension personnel to serve as the County Extension Coordinator for Dawson County. The coordinator is responsible for the total county extension program, staff coordination and supervision, and all communications and transactions between the county and the county extension staff.

The agreement with 4H is an annual contract and the board approved it unanimously. 

“This is a yearly event for us, and we have a great relationship with 4H,” Gibbs said. 

Ingram officially welcomed to BOE 

In addition to action items on the board’s agenda, members welcomed Nathan Ingram to his first official meeting. 

“We are proud to welcome Nathan Ingram to our body,” Dawson County Board of Education Chairwoman Elaine Wilson said. “We’re proud to have Nathan and we know he’s going to make a great board member.”

Ingram expressed his thanks for being appointed to the board.

“I want to extend my appreciation for the opportunity,” Ingram said. “I do not take it lightly, and I thank you very much for your trust.”