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April 9, 2013

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Mark Boone, board member, said though the board had concerns about how they treated the employees, they technically didn’t work for the district anymore.

“When we made a decision to outsource, whether it be Sodexo or whomever else it was some 20 months ago, they’re no longer our employees,” Boone said. “We’re taking a hit of $214,000 by trying to retain these employees. Whether it’s popular or not, they don’t work for us right now. They didn’t work for us last week and they won’t work for us in two weeks when they come over to FMS. It is at a cost to us.”

Wiseheart said in his interviews with FMS and their references, he feels good about the company’s philosophy and how it works.

But Jan Anderson, board member, said she wasn’t so sure after the board’s experience with Sodexo.

“I think I’ve been pretty vocal about my disappointment with Sodexo, and with what I’m hearing from you, Bill [Wiseheart], is a lot of what we’ve heard when Sodexo was coming in to make their bid,” Anderson said. “I am concerned about our employees. I don’t want to make another decision that will be as negatively influenced on our corporation as our dealings with Sodexo. I’m very cautious now.”

Wiseheart said he understood any caution on the side of the board, but that FMS was a better option for the district than continuing with Sodexo.

“This is going to be profitable for them, they have to make some money off this,” Wiseheart said. “But at the same time, the staffing levels look right and I think we’ve gained some efficiencies by restructuring, which we intend to do, which will help this work as well.”

Roger Whaley, board member, said he was impressed with the company when he interviewed them and liked the way they appear to handle business.

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