USD 490 Board of Education members, along with administrators and staff will be visiting three school districts to observe their food service programs.
They will be traveling to Ark City, Augusta and Basehor-Linwood school districts this month.
"The visits are with all three companies that currently provide food service contracts in the state," said Superintendent Sue Givens.
If USD 490 wants to move forward with using a food service management company they need to file a request with the state department to do so by the end of the month. The state then looks to see if the district has the factors they believe are important.
The district can't put out a request for proposals until the state signs off on the application, which would occur at the end of February, said Norm Wilks, director of fiscal services.
If the school board decides they want to pursue a food service provider and the state approves it, they would publish notice for RFPs at the beginning of March, with them being due back the first part of May.
From there, the district would select the one they believe to be the best, then have a period of negotiation to fine tune the contract.
Wilks was hopeful if it all goes through, at the June board meeting they would be able to approve a contract if that was the direction they decided to go.
"If you don't like what you see, we won't go through the process," Givens said. "These three visits are pretty critical."
They will discuss their thoughts from the visits during the February meeting.