The Dallastown Area School District school board recently reluctantly approved a contract for another year with Chartwells, its food service provider.

The approval came after a difficult year, during which the board demanded more accountability from the company and continued to see decreased meal sales.

"I'm tired of talking about food service. There are so many other things as a school director I should be talking about," said board member Kristin Phillips-Hill. "I truly expect significant improvement ... it will change my vote next year."

The board voted 6-2, with board members Sue Heistand and Don Jasmann voting against the contract. Earlier in the year, the food quality and menu selection were an issue, but that has since been corrected, according to the board.

The main problem now is the relationship between the company and district.

Chartwells could not be reached for comment.

Heistand said she felt there had been a few "lightbulb" moments when talking to Chartwells, and added the district's suggestions should not be news to the company.

"We are not their first school district. But they acted almost like it was the first time they stepped into a school district," Heistand said. "They're an international company."

When the district hires a third party, she expects the board to be able to be more hands off, Heistand said.

Jasmann said he has sat down with representatives of Chartwells and they do seem to be making changes, but that many of the good suggestions he heard came from the administration and board. "I don't feel that Chartwells is partnering well with us," Jasmann said. However, he added it would be prudent to go another year and that he hopes to see more of a partnership.