Dutchess Paid Too Much for School Milk

Audit: County could have saved $77K

A state audit found that the Dutchess Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) could have saved an estimated $77,000 on fat-free chocolate milk provided to students during the 2016-17 school year.

The audit found that while Dutchess BOCES used competitive bidding when it purchased milk, it could have saved even more with “cooperative” bidding that involved all 13 districts it serves, including Beacon, to take advantage of volume discounts. Public schools in New York are required to provide milk to students. In 2018-19, districts will pay 27 cents for each half-pint container.

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