Fayette County schools review Coke contract

Fayette County’s Board of Education is reviewing a new contract with Coca-Cola regarding beverage sales in schools.

The current draft, presented at the Sept. 19 meeting, notes that Coca-Cola will pay the school district $27,000 a year through 2021 in exchange for being the exclusive supplier of beverages sold in school vending machines and at event concessions.

A county analysis of the contract’s total benefits, including cooling equipment and other incentives, totaled $150,795 based on gross sales of approximately $263,000.

A parent at the meeting questioned the current pricing of the beverages, but finance director Tom Gray said the new contract “is as strong as we’re probably going to be able to get it.”