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Board delays action on charter food bids

– The Timothy L. Johnson Academy board decided to table a decision on its food service after it received just one bid.

Classic Café, which has served the school for several years, was the sole respondent to the school’s request for proposals. The Rev. Mike Nickleson, board president, said although the bid likely addresses what was in the request, it doesn’t mean “they’re doing everything we want them to do.”

The bid was opened during a meeting Thursday, and no board members had an opportunity to review it. “I am not going to vote for a contract I haven’t seen,” board member Ian Rolland said.

Rolland suggested the school ask Classic Café for an extension of the previous contract until the board has had a chance to review the proposal and respond to any areas where it sees a need for improvement. Other board members agreed.

“We’re just not going to get a whole lot that’s different (from Classic Café), but we need to understand what we’re getting,” Nickleson said.

The board voted unanimously to table the decision.

Nickleson said a special meeting was the board’s only option. The board may have to call a special meeting to approve the contract in time to serve food to students when they return to school Aug. 8.

The school will start the year under its new authorizer Education One LLC, the charter authorizing arm of Trine University. The school’s previous sponsor, Ball State University, decided earlier this year not to renew the school’s charter.