At least one of the two Coca-Cola product vending machines at Northeastern Middle School will be replaced with a machine offering healthier options under a contract approved by the school board Tuesday night.
Providing healthy options for students is important to the district, school officials said, and that includes after-school snacks and drinks.
The contract with Vitality Vending does not cost the district money and allows for a 30-day termination by either party. The company will pay the district 20 percent of the monthly net proceeds.
"They're responsible to fill them, provide maintenance, service them, and remove them," said Principal Michael Alessandroni.
The 20 percent of proceeds the district receives go to Parents in the Middle, the middle school's parent teacher organization, which funds activities for the students.
Specifically, Alessandroni said he anticipates the money being used for a programs called TRACKS, which promotes good behavior in school. Students who receive honors awards through the program receive medallions.
Board member Vanessa Snell questioned what was going into the vending machines.
"Some of these protein bars have some of the worst nutritional value," said Snell, adding people think that's not the case because they're called protein bars.
The vending company does not have any loyalty to any brands so the middle school has control over what goes into the vending machines, Alessandroni said.
If the vending machines work out in the middle school, Northeastern High School Principal Mathew F. Gay said he is very interested in replacing the vending machines with healthier options at the high school as well.