Hinsdale High School District 86 will consider entering into a contract with a beverage company for exclusive rights to sell their products at the two high schools.
Acting Superintendent Bruce Law told the School Board Monday the district does not have an exclusive contract with either Coca-Cola or PepsiCo.
Instead, Law said, individual clubs and sports have arrangements with companies to stock different vending machines.
Law said he did not have a list ready of which clubs or sports were associated with which machine.
But, following up on a suggestion from a community member that such exclusive contracts provided additional revenue at other school districts, Law said district officials are setting up appointments to meet with representatives of Coca-Cola and Pepsi.
One School Board member wasted no time voicing her objection.
“Coke and Pepsi don’t belong in the schools,” Jennifer Planson said.
With obesity on the rise and the desire to teach students healthy eating habits, Planson said, selling those drinks in the high schools “would send the wrong message.”
She suggested the district look into contracts to sell water, or perhaps Gatorade.
Law said Coke and Pepsi have a wide range of products beyond soda.
Coca-Cola, for example, sells Dasani water and Minute Maid juice.
Roger Kempa, who ran unsuccessfully for the School Board in April, supports selling exclusive beverage rights and suspects the district already has some sort of arrangement, despite what Law reported Monday.
“Pepsi is not going to do 10 different contracts with clubs,” Kempa said. “There is a benefit out there and I don’t see who is realizing it.”