ERIC Number: ED222973
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Report on School Food Services. MORE: Management Operations Review & Evaluation.
Richardson, William M.; And Others
Because of the size of its budget and the importance and complexity of its operation, the Division of Food Services in the Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools was one of the first selected for a series of Management Operations Review and Evaluation (MORE) studies. The Division directs the delivery of food services to all 178 schools in the county. This study describes the food service system: how it operates centrally and at the building level; who bears responsibility for which functions; what procedures are used to track food and funds within the system; and the quality of delivery of food services, assessed in terms of attitudes toward the program, plate waste, and nutritional issues. Various data collection methods were employed, including questionnaires, surveys, and interviews. Records were reviewed and audits conducted of a selected sample of school cafeteria accounting and inventory systems. A stratified random sample of 34 schools was selected for in-depth participation in the study, including a plate waste study and observation of cafeteria operations. An additional 47 schools received questionnaires directed to principals, teachers, and cafeteria managers and workers. Recommendations accompany each of the 12 chapters of this report. The three major cost reduction recommendations are: (1) conversion of all on-site elementary school kitchens to satellite operation, (2) elimination of local tax-supported funding, and (3) investment of surplus food services funds. (Author/MLF)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD. Dept. of Educational Accountability.