SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--TITAN School Solutions, a full-service company of school nutrition and administration experts, will introduce the K-12 industry’s newest brand technology with a revolutionary new service model, later this week in Sacramento.
During the California School Nutrition Association’s (CSNA) annual gathering, TITAN President and CEO Bradley Blankenship, a 15 year industry veteran, will discuss new strengths, protections and transparency in nutrition management that will be available to schools beginning in January 2015.
The TITAN team is betting on observations that technology and schools-focused customer service have not kept pace with changes in the dynamic, unique K-12 environment. “School professionals who serve our children have not benefitted from much industry-specific, technical dedication in recent years,” said Blankenship. “And yet, these people face increased challenges demanding affordable, proactive and real-time support.”
With its launch, TITAN is bucking a trend of company mergers and consolidation within this industry that 10 years ago offered more than 25 competitors for school nutrition and administration management services. Today, only roughly 10 companies, not including TITAN, remain in the market.
To CSNA conference attendees, TITAN will present its transparent, budget-friendly, subscription-based pricing model that will provide school districts with all the necessary software and hardware required to run their programs. With clear pricing, to be published on the company website, districts can finally know in advance, exactly how best to plan program budgets amidst unpredictable and often-changing government mandates.
First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move,” campaign and Common Core, are well-known examples of new programs that challenge established operational mindsets. “These programs work much better for the children as intended, when schools have the tools necessary to integrate and manage them properly,” said Blankenship.
Agnes Lally, President of the California School Nutrition Association, cites specific program impacts within the past five years that continue stemming from the “Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010” (HHFKA 2010): “All of the (HHFKA) requirements absolutely impact meal management, how we make decisions and offer meals” she said.
Sacramento Unified School District, Director of Nutrition Services, Brenda Padilla offers her view on industry changes: “Delivering more complicated menu requirements and accounting for meals by student’s eligibility at the point-of-sale are difficult issues when front-line staff has very limited time to feed hundreds of hungry kids.” Padilla is optimistic about the future: “Through the use of proper technology for directors, the shift can return to the focus on great food and program access for all students.”
Among the features of TITAN’s cloud-based services, schools will have access to real time insights to better understand day-to-day student eligibility, food costs and inventory. Parents will have secure access to real time information for school meal planning that meets HHFKA requirements and also controls for managing possible food allergies with individual students, including siblings attending different schools.
TITAN School Solutions begins meeting with select districts in January 2015 in advance of the 2015-16 school year.