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BOARD LOOKS TO BENEFITS FROM SOFT-DRINK PACT

The Cleveland Hill School Board on Wednesday night reviewed details of an exclusive contract with Coca-Cola that will provide the district with at least $245,000.

This was the first public review of the 10-year contract, approved by the board last month.

"There's no room for errors in the accounting," said Coca-Cola general sales manager Rick Horn. "Every case that sells through one of those machines, the school earns commission on."

The company guarantees a $12,000 payment, with an additional $10,000 in commissions to the district each year.

In addition to that $220,000, the district will receive $500 a year for scholarships, $2,000 a year in athletic supplies, computer software and donated soft-drink products for student activities, for a total of $245,000, plus assistance with fund raising.

The agreement also calls for exclusive placement of 14 Coca-Cola beverage machines throughout the school. That eliminates all Pepsi-Cola products currently sold at the school.

Business administrator Cameron Morton said that Coca-Cola brand fruit beverages, bottled water and sports drinks also would be available. Morton stressed that all soft-drink vending machines will be on timers that "lock out" purchases until after the close of the school day.

"The idea is that this is not a product we want kids drinking at school," Morton said.

The board also welcomed Bruce Inglis, the district's new superintendent. The current superintendent of Cuba-Rushford schools does not officially begin duties at Cleveland Hill until Nov. 1, but he said he wanted to get acquainted with the district.

"I wish I were getting started sooner," Inglis said. "I'm looking forward to a long and lasting relationship here."

On another matter, the board approved a school monitor position, replacing a part-time clerical post. The job pays about the same, $10,000 a year.

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