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SB 544 will be of
particular help for small
school districts. For a number
of reasons, including but not limited
to staff capacity, geographical location,
and fiscal resources, small school districts
often have less access to greater options
for diverse and quality school meal products. In addition, finding vendors can often
be difficult because many of them would
rather focus on contracting with larger
districts that can and will make larger purchases. Being required to select a vendor based only on the lowest bid further
impedes a small district from providing
its students with the variety and quality
they enjoy and its employees with the
service they deserve. The increased flexibility to improve access and to develop
and maintain school meal and after school
meal and snack programs tailored to the

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may include other conditions for awarding, as long as price is the most heavily
weighted factor. However, last fall, the
California Department of Education (CDE)
reviewed California laws regarding the
use of RFPs for nutrition services and
determined that, based on the wording
of the statute, school districts may only
award contracts to the lowest bidder.
CDE's interpretation of current law has
had an adverse effect on school meal programs, as well as after school meal and
snack programs, because it means that
a program provider cannot choose a
vendor who might offer locally-sourced
produce or ethnically diverse meals
that may be more familiar to their students if their bid price was not the lowest received. Providers are also unable
to consider the quality of the product or
service received.
In response to concerns raised by
school district food service providers, a
number of whom were from small districts, action was taken to seek a legislative
remedy to amend the law. Sen. McGuire,
former-chairman of the Senate Human
Services Committee and a strong advocate for child nutrition, agreed to carry the
legislation and SB 544 was developed.
Specifically, SB 544:
* Requires procurement bid solicitations and awards made by a school
district operating child nutrition programs to be consistent with federal
procurement standards
* Requires such contracts to be awarded
to the most responsive and responsible
party and requires price to be the primary consideration, but not the only
determining factor.
SB 544 provides a minor change in law
that will greatly benefit child nutrition
programs, and, more importantly, children. The Legislature has been extremely
supportive of the bill. In fact, SB 544 has
been approved by the policy committees in both houses as well as by the full
Assembly and senate unanimously-
without a single "no" vote. It is important
to also note that CDE not only supports
SB 544, but has been instrumental in its
development and movement through the
legislative process.

students and the unique circumstances of
their district that is allowed by SB 544 will
greatly benefit small districts.
SB 544 is now before Gov. Jerry Brown
for final action. If he approves the bill
before the October 15, 2017 deadline, the
new law will be in effect for 2018.
More on SB 544 can be found on the
California Legislative Information website,
leginfo.legislature.ca.gov.
●
Lee Angela Reid, Senior
Legislative Advocate, Capitol
Advisors Group LLC

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017

Executive Director’s Column
Classroom of the Future Honors Small School District Superintendent for Innovation in Education
Pipeline 2 Success!
Mandatory Orientation— What Does This Mean for Districts?
Growing the Future in Winters
Key Child Nutrition Legislation on Governor’s Desk
The Future of Energy Efficiency in Schools
School Facilities Update – New “Public Works” Contractor Reporting Requirements
Advertiser’s Index
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - intro
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - belly1
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SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - cover1
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - cover2
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - 3
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - 4
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - 5
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - Executive Director’s Column
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - Classroom of the Future Honors Small School District Superintendent for Innovation in Education
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - Pipeline 2 Success!
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - Mandatory Orientation— What Does This Mean for Districts?
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - 10
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - 11
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - Growing the Future in Winters
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - 13
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - 14
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - 15
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - Key Child Nutrition Legislation on Governor’s Desk
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - 17
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - The Future of Energy Efficiency in Schools
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - 19
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - School Facilities Update – New “Public Works” Contractor Reporting Requirements
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SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - Advertiser’s Index
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