110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Al Everson
posted Jul 31, 2014 - 11:46:58am
It was an offer they just could not refuse.
Without discussion, the Volusia County School Board July 22 approved spending about $250,000 for “fresh delivered pizza.” Domino's Pizza of DeLand will deliver the pies to high schools, to supplement the cafeteria offerings.
"They're supposed to deliver it within 30 minutes of making it. I don't know how they do it," School District Purchasing Director Tom Sims said.
Why the need for pizza delivery? Do cooks in the school cafeterias not make them fresh?
"No, they don't throw pizzas," Deputy Superintendent Dr. Robert Moll said.
Six vendors competed for the quarter-million-dollar pizza contract, but Domino's was the district administrators' choice.
"We tasted them, and Domino's was the best,” Moll said. “Don't print that!" he added.
Sims agreed with the recommendation.
"We had some samples. Some tasted like cardboard," he said.
The pizza expense was part of the board's consent agenda, a group of generally routine or housekeeping items that the board may approve en masse, unless a board member wants to "pull" or remove a particular item for discussion.
The pizza purchase passed quietly, even though it is $100,000 — 67 percent higher — than the pizza contract for the academic year just past.
Why the big increase?
Moll said new nutritional requirements set by the Florida Department of Education, such as whole-wheat crusts, have added to the cost of the pizzas.
The School Board solicited bids from 20 pizza vendors, and received six offers:
• Domino’s of DeLand will provide 14-inch pies at $6.45 each, and 16-inch pizzas at $7.45 each.
• Hungry Howie’s Pizza and Subs of Brandon offered its 14-inch pizzas at $6.25 each, and its 16-inch pies for $10.54.
• Hungry Howie’s Pizza and Subs of Holly Hill bid its 14-inch pizzas at $5 each, and its 16-inchers at $6.25 each.
• Little Caesar’s of DeLand offered its 14-inch pizzas at $6 each, and didn’t submit a bid for 16-inch pies.
• Pizza Hut of Celebration offered to sell the School Board 14-inch pizzas at $6.50 each, and didn’t submit a bid for 16-inch pies.
• Toby’s Pizza and Subs of Edgewater offered its 14-inch pizzas at $19 each, and didn’t bid on the 16-inchers.
All of the pizzas bid are either cheese or pepperoni, and all have whole-wheat crusts.
The cost of the one-year contract is estimated at $250,000, or approximately 35,714 pizzas at an average cost of $7 each.
Also at the July 22 meeting, the School Board approved a $66,000 contract with Deconna Ice Cream of Reddick, to provide “frozen specialty items” to the schools.
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