While its counterpart in Moscow considers turning to a private vendor, Idaho State University officials are looking seriously at taking over food service operations on their campus.

University official Peter Angstadt has been in contact with other schools and is preparing a report on replacing Marriott Food Service with a university-run operation.Angstadt said Bob Parton, the longtime University of Idaho food service director who just recently retired, told him the Moscow school was making money on its food service operation.

Angstadt also said a university-run food service might be able to offer a broader menu and more flexible serving hours. Food service on the Pocatello campus has been handled by a private contractor for 29 years.

Earlier this week, however, the University of Idaho asked private companies to submit bids for operation of its $2 million campus food service. University officials emphasized that the request for bids was not a commitment to end the university-run operation.