After a ban on baked goods, city public schools were left with the option of selling "healthy" treats like Pop Tarts and reduced-fat Doritos for a boost in revenue. Except that isn't exactly working either. Due to a dispute between the Department of Education and the City Comptroller, commissions from at least $540,000 in profits have been kept from the schools.
The Comptroller's office says the DOE was hasty to install the vending machines before they had a chance to investigate possible collusion between the vendors, Answer Vending and CC Vending. A spokesman told the Post, "We will not register any contract that does not meet all legal, procedural and fiscal requirements." But the DOE says the Comptroller has unnecessarily delayed approving the contracts, which could put the city's children in danger of being utterly snackless.
School officials are griping being stuck in the middle of the vending war, and just wish they could get their hands on the 25% of proceeds they were promised. Bayside High School PTA Co-president Dave Solano said, "If they're not getting the schools the money, but the vendors are getting access to the schools, that's not right." A Brooklyn principal wishes they could go back to the way things were, when the school was making $1,000 from a contract with Snapple. Of course, nobody would have to worry about contracts if kids could just hold bake sales, but then they'd get fat! (Though it's not like their parents would notice.)