Bread bid climbs while school meal prices stay the same

The Park Rapids School Board approved food service bids for 2022-23 and met the district's new transportation supervisor on June 6.

Dave Synstegaard
Robin Fish / Park Rapids Enterprise
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The Park Rapids School Board on June 6 approved bread, milk and pizza bids for 2022-23 food service.

Pan O’Gold won the bread bid. The only company to bid with Bimbo Bakeries declining based on capacity, Pan O’Gold offered $8.50 for 60 hamburger buns (up 25% from 2021-22), $1.75 for 12 hot dog buns (up 21.5%), $8.54 for 48 steak buns (up $48.3%) and $1.65 for a single loaf of bread (up 25%).

Cass Clay Dairy won the milk bid with 29.4 cents per half-pint carton of 1% milk, 85 cents for lactose free skim, 27.8 cents for white skim and 30.1 cents for fat free chocolate milk.

Based on anticipated quantities of 9,500 cartons of skim, 90,000 of 1%, 150,000 of chocolate, 1,100 of lactose free and 80 half-gallon cartons of whole milk at $2.89 each, Cass Clay’s bid totaled $75,386 for the year. This was $7,063 less than Prairie Farms’ total bid of $82,449.

Rocky’s Pizza was the sole pizza bidder due to Pizza Hut and Pizza Ranch declining to bid. Rocky’s offered $22 for a 16-inch pizza cut into eight slices.


Business Manager Kent Fritze noted that the district received no pizza bids last year.

According to a report presented to the school board, all bidders included an escalator clause due to potential cost increases.

Lunch prices will remain the same for 2022-23, with the exception of milk, the report states, at $2.40 for grades K-4, $2.50 for 5-8, $2.70 for 9-12, $4.35 for adults and 50 cents for milk. Breakfast prices are also holding steady at $1.55 for K-4, $1.80 for 5-12 and $2.50 for adults.

In consent items and general business, the school board:

  • Was introduced to the district’s new transportation supervisor, David Synstegaard, already in his fourth week on the job. Synstegaard said he was impressed with the drivers’ commitment to safety. Previously an operations manager with the Toro Company, he said he plans to build a transportation operating system to better organize his department’s services.
  • Received an update from ICS project engineer Austin May about the district's facility improvements. May said Gladen Construction started work on the tennis court replacements in early May, and work is expected to be “substantially complete” in time for the tennis season starting in mid-August. 
  • Accepted the resignations of Christina Ridlon as middle school coordinator of educational services (CES), Stephanie Mercil as elementary CES, Amber Seibert as National Honor Society co-advisor, Erika Strom as a high school English as a Second Language teacher, Rod Mackay as a groundskeeper effective June 14 and Trevor Matheny as an Indian Education paraprofessional.
  • Hired Ashley Hensel as a junior high tennis coach, Alicia Norby as a junior high volleyball coach, Christina Ridlon as a middle school Alternative Learning Center teacher, Jana Oatis as an elementary specific learning disability teacher, Jebadiah Sanford as an elementary teacher and assistant football coach, Anne Mizelle as a fifth grade teacher contingent on licensure, Abby Golish as a high school counselor contingent on licensure, Max Donahue as a custodian effective June 6 and Ally Bright as an assistant volleyball coach.

The school board’s next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, June 20 at the Frank White Education Center.

The estimated $3.5 million facility may be under construction as early as May-June 2023.

Robin Fish is a staff reporter at the Park Rapids Enterprise. Contact him at or 218-252-3053.
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