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Private cafeteria workers to be disciplined over Attleboro school lunch scandal

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Posted: Friday, April 5, 2013 4:00 pm

ATTLEBORO — Contract cafeteria workers who denied lunches to Coelho Middle School students this week because their payment cards had insufficient funds will receive “appropriate disciplinary action,” up to and including being fired, a spokeswoman for Whitson’s Culinary Group said this afternoon.

Representatives of Whitsons, the New York-based school food service contractor, met with Superintendent Pia Durkin and school committee Chairman Michael Tyler today, and spokeswoman Holly Von Seggern said “several” of the company’s employees would be subject to sanctions.

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  • GaryJohnson posted at 4:43 pm on Sat, Apr 6, 2013.

    GaryJohnson Posts: 5095

    So if Durnkin is pushing blame, I for one would very much like to hear how the School dropped the ball and what is being done to fix THEIR end.

  • GaryJohnson posted at 4:42 pm on Sat, Apr 6, 2013.

    GaryJohnson Posts: 5095

    You do have to give these folks some credit. When they make a mistake, they at least work at trying to to fix it.

    And they say it's not company policy, but an overzealous worker.

    So I would say who ever they have in their media relations department is earning their salary.

    What I still don't understand is WHY didn't this situation, if it's indeed company policy to provide a substitute meal, wasn't resolved ON SITE? As soon as school administrators were informed, they should have gone to the cafeteria and have demanded the Whitson's people provided the new lunches with the substitution.

    And this wouldn't have been a problem.

    So yes Whitsons, we get your apology. You have admitted you messed up. Now we would like to hear why the school didn't hold up their end in this situtation.

  • whitsnsculinary posted at 11:40 am on Fri, Apr 5, 2013.

    whitsnsculinary Posts: 3

    To the Attleboro Community:

    Whitsons School Nutrition has issued a statement apologizing to the students and the school community and we are in the process of conducting a full investigation. Please be assured that the individuals responsible for this were acting on their own and not under the direction of Whitsons School Nutrition. Whitsons’ standard operating procedure is to follow the district’s policy on handling unpaid meal balances. Our role is to collect these funds on the district’s behalf and deposit them into the school lunch fund, while following the district’s policy. In the absence of a formal policy approved by the board, we follow the written directives of the district. If we receive no written directive, our policy is to serve a full and complete meal to all students, regardless of their outstanding meal balances.At Attleboro, the informal approach agreed upon over the past four years has been to alert the district when a student’s account is five meals overdue. The district communicates with the parents and, in the meantime, our staff has been instructed to provide an alternate lunch, such as a cheese sandwich entrée and the other components of a complete meal, including fruit, vegetable and milk. When we learned of this incident Tuesday afternoon, we redirected our staff to provide a full meal (with no restrictions) to all children, regardless of outstanding meal balances, until the district has approved a formal policy, which will be clearly communicated to the school community. Again, Whitsons apologizes for this incident and wishes to assure the community of Attleboro that we are investigating and handling the incident in accordance with our human resource policies. In the meantime, you can be assured that no child will be denied a meal, regardless of outstanding balances.

  • GaryJohnson posted at 9:07 am on Fri, Apr 5, 2013.

    GaryJohnson Posts: 5095

    It truly is a shame that taxpaying, working Americans have to go thru this, and it's understandable given the economy while others, who get it all for nothing never give it a second thought.

    One more reason "Sucker" should be the Webster's definition of "Taxpayer".

  • masshole posted at 7:57 am on Fri, Apr 5, 2013.

    masshole Posts: 106

    Fire Whitson's!