Washoe School Board divided over...milk

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Washoe School Board divided over...milk

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A new bid for the Washoe County School District's milk contract sparked a heated discussion at Tuesday night's school board meeting and highlighted some of the district's tough budget considerations.

A new bid for the Washoe County School District's milk contract sparked a heated discussion at Tuesday night's school board meeting and highlighted some of the district's tough budget considerations.

The decision was over whether to award a 1.1 million dollar contract to Las Vegas-based Anderson Dairy that would be 150,000 dollars less than the current provider Model Dairy, which has dairies in Northern Nevada, but is owned by a Texas company.

Staff from the district said that Model Dairy currently can't even keep up with demand because of a new powder milk plant in Fallon. Model Dairy says instead it's importing milk from out-of-state for customers like the school district.

But Trustee Howard Rosenberg called it a human decision, not a financial one.

"I think this is really desperately important, especially if we are serious about buying local."

President Barbara Clark disagreed, saying the district is desperate for money and they need to free up as much as possible, especially in the wake of the defeat of AB46.

"The financial decision is a key decision when you are looking at the resources and having to deal constantly with making decisions about are you going to fund A or fund B or C..."

Ultimately, four trustees voted for the district to go back and renegotiate a contract with Model Dairy.