In Buena Vista, concerned parents and nervous employees,
believed to be on the brink of losing their jobs, confronted the school
district's board of education.
24 Food Service workers in Buena Vista school district will
still have jobs next year.
Judi Lorito, Head Cook Supervisor at Milanesi Middle School,
said, "We're here to fight for our jobs."
And after fighting a good fight, eventually the workers got
what they came for. The board voted and
ultimately tied on their motion of whether or not to subcontract the cafeteria
and Food Services positions for the upcoming school year.
NJEA Field Representative for Atlantic County, Myron Plotkin,
told NBC40, "None of the board members have talked to the Food Service
workers regarding this proposed subcontracting." Because the workers say they were left in the dark regarding
their pending positions, close to 100 employees from the district came to the
board of education meeting on Thursday night.
Lorito explained, "We go back to our kitchens and we work
hard. We love our students and I love
my job at Milanesi. I love them all -
it's a beautiful wonderful school and I'm thankful for my job there."
Other agenda items included the board's decision to reinstate
the district superintendent for 3 years and business administrator for a year,
against the wishes of concerned parents.
Concerned parent, Michelle Thomas, said, "Absolutely it's time for
change." But another parent, Mary Reynolds, said, "I don't see a change
coming at all, I really don't."
With their jobs safe for now, questions still remain
of whether or not the board will reconsider Thursday night's decisions at their
next meeting on Tuesday July 16th.
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