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EDMOND, OK -- Students in some Edmond, OK, high schools will be able to pay for their vending machine purchases with debit and credit cards in the coming school year.
The Edmond School District has extended its vending contract with the Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Co. for three years. Included in the deal is a pilot test of debit and credit card acceptance in the three high schools, according to Edmondsun.com. The bottler said it will extend cashless payment to more machines in the future if the test demonstrates sufficient usage.
The news website quoted superintendent David Goin as being pleased with the $146,104 commission from vending sales that the district's middle schools and high schools earned last school year. The 2011-2012 figures were up $13,000 from the previous year.
Vending sales dipped when the district changed to healthy options a few years ago, but have climbed each of the past three years, Edmondsun.com reported.
Under the extended contract, Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Co. will reportedly pay the district an annual $55,000 for exclusive rights that goes to a student activity fund and $20,000 annually that is designated for its athletics programs.