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June 28, 2018 Mid-Prairie sticks with Prairie Farms for milk
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The Mid-Prairie Community School District will continue buying milk from Prairie Farms, turning down a lower bid from Anderson Erickson.

The difference between the two bids was about $500 on a $34,360 contract.

School board member Jim Hussey said the bids were essentially the same because the total contract was based on an estimate of what the district will spend for different types of milk.

Prairie Farms is the current provider and has refrigerated units in each of the district’s schools for storing dairy products. Those units would have to be removed and new units from Anderson Erickson would have to be installed if the district switched dairy providers, according to district Business Manager Jeff Swartzentruber.

“They have done a good job for us,” Swartzentruber said, in recommending the board stick with Prairie Farms.

Prior to approving the contract Monday night, the board read through its policy on bidding to make sure they could accept the higher bid.

One interesting tidbit pointed out by Swartzentruber: Last year, students bought 106,000 units of chocolate milk. Not as popular was the low-fat milk, which only sold 7,200 units.

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