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Food service offers help with complex concessions stand

Plans for Superior High School's new sports complex are beginning to take shape.

On Monday, the Superior School Board moved forward with a plan to put the food service department in charge of the concessions stand. The food service department offered $200,000 from its Fund 50 to go toward furnishing and running the stand.

Food services runs the concessions stand at other Superior High School athletic events, but for the new complex, the department is planning a new twist.

"We want to make it community friendly," said Jeanne Hopkins, food service director. Her hope is to involve local community businesses in the running of the stand.

"One night we may have chicken nachos from Grizzly's, besides our other food that we would normally serve, or Domino's Pizza. So featuring one of our local businesses," Hopkins said.

Hopkins also discussed the idea of having an employee selling food in the stands and setting up a concession cart at the far end of the field.

The Board voted 6-0 to move the item forward to Tuesday's regular meeting for final approval, but not before a lengthy discussion.

Board member John Hendricks asked for a written agreement spelling out details of services that would be provided.

"It seems to me, particularly if you're going to be going to other folks to come in and do things, you ought to have some kind of parameter that you can refer to," Hendricks said.

The Board approved the measure pending such an agreement.

The $200,000 from Fund 50 would be used to install equipment in the concessions stand and get it ready for use, Hopkins said. Money from Fund 50 usually goes toward improving kitchen facilities within the district and does not require approval from the Board.

Preliminary drafts for the concessions stand call for two or three windows and a number of outdoor grills, but the design has not be finalized.

"It's still taking shape, but the changes are slowing down," said Len Albrecht, Board president.

The new SHS sports complex will include a baseball field, outdoor track and football and soccer field. The district plans to have the complex ready for use by the start of the 2014 fall sports season.

Funding for the project came from the district's Fund 41 and its old building fund. The district has pledged $4 million toward the sports complex and is seeking sponsors interested in pursuing naming rights for the complex or new fields.

The district will hold an information meeting Monday to explain donation options for the sports complex. The meeting runs 6-8 p.m. in the Superior Middle School cafetorium.