PLATTEVILLE — Milk and bread will cost the School District of Platteville less this coming school year.
The Platteville School Board approved the lone bid for milk service, from Prairie/Swiss Valley, that was 0.5 cents per carton less than last year.
The school board also approved the bid of Sara Lee Fresh Bakery of Dubuque for bread. Sara Lee’s bid was “quite a bit less in terms of per-item cost,” said Business Manager Art Beaulieu.
Sara Lee had been replaced the past three years by Pan-O-Gold.
With the new bread contract, the school district will be out of the hamburger bun business.
“We’ve been doing our own up to this time, and they don’t meet the 50-percent whole-grain requirements” of the federal government, said Beaulieu. “Therefore, I’m going to start buying them.”
Federal regulations require half of grain foods in school lunches to be “whole grain-rich” this school year. The federal requirement increases to 100 percent in 2014–15.