Kings Restaurants LLC has secured a lucrative contract for catering at the Guam Public School System.

Paul J. Cruz director of operations for Kings told the Journal the company was awarded the contract to serve lunch and breakfast at 19 of the 37 Guam Public School System schools on Aug. 10. Cruz said there are approximately 19 000 students are enrolled in the public schools. He said Kings anticipates making and selling 10 000 to 12 000 meals a day “and that does not include the a la carte menu.”

Last school year there were 18 cafeteria outsourced contracts. KALS Corp. and Kings Restaurants won bids to take over the duties of the public schools system. KALS Corp. contract was worth about $3.5 million and Kings was worth about $1 million. KALS did not submit a bid for this request. (See the story “Global KALS and Kings win more school lunch contracts ” in the Aug. 23 2004 edition of the Journal.)

The company’s initial capital outlay was $15 000 to get school cafeterias fitted with fire-safety equipment and up to safety code. Cruz said more money was spent on cleanup and repair.

Cruz said parents students and school employees could look forward to a clean environment with not only healthy but good tasting choices — hot meals.

The process started in June with a request for proposals from the school system a letter of intent in July from GPSS and then Kings managers participating in training sessions in August culminating in an eventual signing of the contract.

The possible future of service from Kings includes the creation of an identification and lunch card that will help deter children from spending money on unnecessary non-food items. “This is exciting but it could also be used as a tie-in to the Kings Restaurants. Should a student attend a school we service and who excels academically could present the card at one of our restaurants and they will be able to receive a discount — a rewards program ” Cruz said. MBJ