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Fri May 9, 2014
Education

UK Moves Forward with Public-Private Food Service Partnership

Credit kentucky.com

The University of Kentucky is preparing to enter into a public-private partnership for its student dining services.  It's been an issue debated for more than a year on campus. 

UK President Eli Capilouto told the Board of Trustees Friday afternoon negotiations are set to begin with the Aramark  food services firm.  UK Vice President Eric Monday says some transition could occur this summer.  "Should negotiations prove optimal, the transition would occur some point over this summer and several facility menu service new opportunities would be available for our students as early as this fall," said Monday.

Monday told trustees the 100 full time employees in UK's current dining services program will be able to stay on at the university. UK English Major Autumn Murphy would like to see open discussion on the matter.   "We wanted to speak before the board to increase transparency and encourage a greater dialogue, a louder dialogue between students, faculty, and the board of trustees about this issue," said Murphy.

UK junior Brock Meade agreed.  He addressed the board's finance committee earlier in the day.  "I think the process could have incorporated student opinions and dining worker opinions and farmer opinions all of whom are affected by this issue," said Meade.

Meanwhile, UK Vice President Monday told trustees some new menu services could be available when students return in the fall.