Diner Plan Program Delayed

Contact: Kelley Bozeman

 

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“The primary reason for the delay is the spending cap of $399,000 that we are currently under. Dining facility renovations and equipment purchases are needed to provide the new meal program and we have not yet received funding authority from the state to proceed.”

-- Jim Wims,
assistant vice president,
UK Student Affairs

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 1, 2004) -- University of Kentucky officials have announced that the implementation of a new meal program for UK students that was to begin during the 2004-05 academic year will be delayed until 2005-06. The current a la carte, cash-declining balance “Diner Plan” will continue to be used.

The estimated cost for the renovations necessary to provide enhanced quality, service and variety and to support an open choice meal program at UK is $2.2 million.

“The primary reason for the delay is the spending cap of $399,000 that we are currently under,” said Jim Wims, assistant vice president for Student Affairs. “Dining facility renovations and equipment purchases are needed to provide the new meal program and we have not yet received funding authority from the state to proceed.”

In April, the UK Board of Trustees approved a $75 per semester increase in the basic meal plan students who live on campus are required to purchase. The Diner Plan, which will cost $825 per semester beginning in fall 2004, will provide funding for electrical and mechanical enhancements that are being made to support future construction. The increased fees also will support the purchase of new furniture, portable equipment and the installation of new flooring and lighting in Blazer Hall.

“The Food Services Student Advisory Committee supports the change from an a la carte plan to a meal program as long as more fresh, made to order and healthier food options will be available for students,” Wims said. “When funding authority is given, the university is fully committed to this project.”


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