Beware of caterers bearing gifts UPDATE | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Beware of caterers bearing gifts UPDATE

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 6:20 AM

The Democrat-Gazette's Debra Hale-Shelton does it again (pay wall) — unearthed a most salient fact missing from a University of Central Arkansas Board of Trustees discussion. That $700,000 gift from food service operator Aramark to renovate the president's house at no cost to students and taxpayers? Er, it's conditioned on Aramark keeping and extending its food service contract at UCA long enough to "amortize" the gift — meaning get the money back, with profit — through charges to school and student and visitor.

There's some indication that this baksheesh is typical in the industry. That only goes to suggest that there's a pretty hefty margin built into such arrangements, which in turn suggests competitive bidding might be in the public institution's interest.

UPDATE: UCA has announced a called meeting of the Board of Trustees for 3:30 p.m. Thursday. I'm guessing cafeteria services will be on the agenda.

Tags: , ,


Comments (14)

Showing 1-14 of 14

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-14 of 14

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…


  • Arkansas vs Ole Miss at War Memorial stadium in Little Rock, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. After leading for much of the game, Arkansas lost 37-33 when Ole Miss scored the game winning Touchdown with less that 2 minutes left. 
  • Margaret Clark Adventure Park
    New sculptures, preschoolers play area dedicated in Riverfront Park in Little Rock.

Most Recent Comments


© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation