Brownwood schools debuted their new food service lineup Monday with a grand opening for the district's new food service provider, Southwest Foodservice Excellence of Scottsdale, Ariz.

Brownwood school board members selected the company in December as the district's new food service provider after the resignation of Food Service Director Steve Locke. Superintendent Reece Blincoe said earlier that the district wanted to concentrate on increasing the quality and choices of food items for students and increase the amount of food students eat.

While the district had previously managed its food services, the district elected to search for an outside provider following Locke's retirement, Blincoe said earlier.

The free and reduced lunch program will not change with the new food service, Blincoe said. 

Blincoe and Brownwood High School principal Bill Faircloth were among those who praised the quality of the food they sampled Monday.

"Fantastic food," Blincoe said after visiting five campuses.

"I think it was wonderful. Overall, I would call it a great success."

The food service area at the high school resembles a food court, where a variety of choices was available including Italian, oriental, Mexican, traditional and "ball park" that included hamburgers. Salads are also available.

"Excellent. It was extremely good," Faircloth said. "Kids were excited."