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Six PCS Districts Honored with Top 100 Status

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In their March issue, FoodService Director magazine published an article about the top 100 school district cafeterias.

From the article – “Best Food ranks 3,868 school districts based on district spending statistics and more than 580,000 opinions on food from 215,000 students and parents. A high ranking indicates the district offers a variety of healthy, quality food options, accommodates various dietary preferences like vegan and gluten-free, and the students rate the quality of food favorably.”

Here are the PCS customers who made the Top 100.

Dripping Springs Independent School District, TX
Bradley County School District, TN
South Washington County School District, MN
Allen Independent School District, TX
Wausau School District, WI
Three Rivers Local School District, OH

Congratulations!

Check out the full article here.

Florida SNA 2015 Annual Conference

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Denise & Betty

Denise Lessard, DJ Segraves and Betty Zimmerman had a blast at the Florida SNA 2015 Annual Conference in Daytona Beach, May 14-16. As always they got to catch up with old friends and make new ones.

Ida & Maggie

Ida & Maggie

We would like to congratulate Ida Daniels, Hamilton County Food & Nutrition Coordinator, on receiving the Director of the Year Award from Florida SNA President, Maggie Green.

Cathy & Denise

Cathy & Denise

We raffled a Coach handbag and the lucky winner was Amy Hayden, Leon County Central Kitchen Manager. Unfortunately, Amy had already left by the time of the drawing, but Cathy Reed, Director of Nutrition Services, was available to pick up the bag for her.

 


User Group Recap

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Tony at User GroupOver the last two months, customers in 9 different regions across the country came together for PCS User Groups. Our last on-site Regional User Group was held in Alabama on June 2, which was one of the biggest user groups we have had!

Each year the feedback about the content and quality is more positive than the last, and we continue to make improvements to the User Groups and our PCS products based on customer feedback.Your participation in our pre-conference survey helped us once again to focus on the topics of greatest interest to all.

We would like to thank everyone, especially those who hosted and helped organize things in their regions, for contributing to the success of the user groups.

Don’t forget to check out the pictures!

Cooperative Educational Services

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Cooperative Educational Services is a Purchasing Cooperative united by a Joint Powers Agreement to aid Public Schools in New Mexico.

CES is an organization comprised of New Mexico’s 89 school districts plus 81 other public education institutions, including charter schools, two and four-year post-secondary institutions, BIE schools and state schools.

Cooperative Educational Services aspires to be known as one of the best educational service agencies in the country and the program of choice in New Mexico.

What can CES do for you?
Provide peace of mind through greater value and convenience, exceptional customer service, personalized attention, and highly qualified vendors with ready-to-use contracts.

We make purchasing simple.
CES does the solicitation, evaluation, contract award and management so you don’t have to.

CES is LOCAL – COMPLIANT – EASY
CES does the solicitation, evaluation, contract award and management so you don’t have to.

CES is LOCAL – COMPLIANT – EASY

For more information visit the Cooperative Educational Services Web page at CES.ORG

37th Annual Alabama School Nutrition Association Expo

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AL SNALast month, Ava Wojcik and Tony Diers attended the 37th Annual Alabama School Nutrition Association Expo in Montgomery, AL. They had a wonderful time making new friends and catching up with customers. It was great to hear from our TrakNOW customers that TrakNOW reports are working well for their Administrative Reviews.

PCS support has been working hard with the the ASLSDE to make sure that PCS customers can utilize a common interface with the INow enrollment system. All customers in Alabama have been contacted and many stopped by the booth to discuss utilizing this valuable tool.

Georgia SNA 2015 Annual Conference

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GA SNABecki Rogers & Ava Wojcik attended the GSNA 2015 Annual Conference in Athens, GA April 9-11. Celebrating 60 years of feeding Georgia’s children made this a very special event. PCS was proud to be able to sponsor free Wi-fi to all attendees at the Classic Center and to provide computers for use in the Director’s Lounge. We enjoyed three fabulous fun filled days of quality time with our friends in Georgia. We are proud to have Becki serving on the Industry Advisory Board for 2 more years with GSNA. We are super proud of our friends at Grady County School District, who were honored with a Bronze Scroll and a District Scroll. Keep up the great work!

Customer of the Month

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Priscilla UrbanPriscilla Urban
Food Service Specialist
Ferguson-Florissant School District

District Snapshot
PCS Products Used: RIGHTrak & FASTrak
Schools: 23
PCS customer since: Spring 2013

PCS: How long have you worked at the district?
Priscilla: It will be 16 years in October.

PCS: Tell us about some of the jobs you have had in the district.
Priscilla: I was originally hired as the Secretary to the Assistant Principal at one of the Middle Schools and started at the Food Service Department in July 2000.

PCS: What is your involvement with the PCS systems?
Priscilla: I put together all the specifications for the RFP, interviewed all the candidates and tried out the software before we made the decision to choose one. After we chose PCS for our district software, I worked with with the implementation team to get everything set up. We had some very specific requests for our district and PCS made it happen. The support team was very helpful, training me on the new system. I worked very closely with the Project Manager, Jose Romani, on the special items we requested. The sales representative, Aaron Subar was also wonderful to work with.

PCS: What accomplishments are you proud of?
Priscilla: I made several changes in the Food Service Department in regards to the cash procedures,creating different ways to make sure that each cashier is accountable for cash and meals. I provide hands-on training to all managers and cashiers each year before the school year starts, individualized to their experience level.

PCS: How have PCS products helped the district?
Priscilla: I save time with the PCS system. It has great features such as the Allergy Alerts, tracking each cashier on a daily basis, and detailed reporting. The system also allows us to stop bad checks and alert the cashiers to collect money from students or adults.

PCS: What do you like best about PCS?
Priscilla: The great support. I can always call PCS to get help very quickly and resolve all the technical issues.

PCS: Is there anything new and exciting coming up for you or the food service department?
Priscilla: This is the first year that our district is on CEP, which means we’re feeding students for Breakfast and Lunch at no cost to the students. We participated in the Healthy School Breakfast Challenge and the Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program. Our district also received grants from Midwest Dairy Council, NFL Hometown, Rainbow Days, and H.E.L.P (Healthy Eating with Local Produce) through St. Louis University.

ApplyNOW Online F&R Apps

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Don’t forget to ask your account representative about ApplyNOW, Powered by PayPAMS, where parents can fill out Free and Reduced applications online.

PayPAMS gets a Makeover!

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Dov Abramson, our Director of Operations for PayPAMS, says that, “early this Spring we will have a new PayPAMS web site with modern design and responsive features, that automatically adjust from desktop to tablet to phone, will go live. The new web site will be implemented in two stages with the parent portal coming first, followed later this Summer with the administrator’s section of the site.”

PayPAMS

Customer of the Month

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Debbie Middleton
Director, Child Nutrition
Pampa Independent School District

District Snapshot
PCS Products Used: TrakNOW, PayPAMS, POS
Number of Schools: 6
PCS customer since: 1994

Texas is a state that is passionate about its sports teams, professional, college and high school, whether it is the Cowboys, Rangers or Astros, or the Pampa High Harvesters. Back in 2006, the Pampa High School football team was featured on Dateline NBC. The story depicts how “Every Friday night, small town America shows its spirit on fields like Harvester. This is a story about football – intensely and passionately played. But it is also a story of family, friendship and faith.” It is that Harvester Spirit which pervades the cafeteria and food service staff of Pampa ISD as well, led by Food Service Director, Debbie Middleton.

Pampa is comprised of 6 schools with an enrollment of around 4,000 students and is located in Gray County and parts of Roberts County. For over 25 years the students and staff are fortunate to have such a loving and kind leader who takes a personal interest in everyone she works with. Becki Rogers, PCS’ Regional Sales Director has worked closely with Debbie for 5 years and appreciates the warm, personal connection that Debbie extends to everyone she works with. Becki said, “Debbie is always there to lend a helping hand, gives you her honest opinion, and is as concerned with helping others grow and improve as she is with getting things done efficiently.”

Betty Zimmerman, a TrakNOW Senior Implementation Specialist, says, “Debbie is one of the sweetest ladies I’ve ever met. She’s dedicated to her employees and wants to make sure that they are equipped to handle everything in the most efficient way.” Betty cites Pampa’s warehouse complex, which is the central depot for all receiving and distribution of food service shipments, saying, “It’s a big job and she makes sure that her entire team operates it smoothly.”

Assisting Debbie every step of the way and an instrumental part to her success is CN Assistant, Rebel Fulton. Debbie praises Rebel and her staff, “I have a wonderful group of people who are part of this” she says. Debbie, to her credit, continues to grow and cultivate her relationships. A customer of PCS for over 20 years, Betty attests that “She goes to every show and every user group and makes it a point to stop by our booth to see our reps and give them a hug”. Just like in the picture, above!

Congratulations to Debbie, Rebel and the entire Pampa ISD team on being our Customer of the Month!