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Cafeteria employees battle school board, keep jobs

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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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