- Mascoma Valley Regional High School in Canaan, New Hampshire, said in a statement that it was rescinding its demand that its catering service rehire cafeteria worker Bonnie Kimball.
- Kimball said she was fired from Mascoma Valley Regional High School by Café Services in March after letting a student take $US8 worth of a la carte food items when he couldn’t pay.
- Café Services then said in a statement to INSIDER that the former employee was “dishonest,” and that the student hadn’t been charged for months.
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A school district in New Hampshire where a cafeteria worker was fired after giving a student free lunch food has rescinded its demand that she be rehired by its catering company.
Mascoma Valley Regional High School in Canaan, New Hampshire, released a statement regarding fired cafeteria worker Bonnie Kimball on Tuesday, days after she said she would not return to the job.
Superintendent Amanda Isabelle said the demand to rehire Kimball was rescinded “in light of information brought froward by a parent.”
“We have been overwhelmed by a crush of national and international media interest in this incident, but I do not believe we have yet seen a full and complete retelling of the facts,” Isabelle said in a statement to INSIDER. “Therefore, we will compile a thorough report on this investigation, and we will make the findings of the independent investigator public.”
Kimball said she was fired from Mascoma Valley Regional High School by Café Services in March after letting the student take a la carte food items when he couldn’t pay. She said the boy paid the $US8 cost the following day.
Café Services’ school-dining division, Fresh Picks Café, said at the time that Kimball had violated its policies by giving the student free food.
After Kimball’s firing was covered by local and national media, Isabelle demanded Kimball be rehired. Kimball has said she would not return to the job.
Café Services then said in a statement to INSIDER that the former employee was “dishonest.”
The statement claimed that the student involved in the incident had walked up to Kimball’s cash register with a full lunch composed of an entree, side, fruit and milk – which every student receives regardless of if they can pay – as well as two packs of cookies, a Powerade, and a side of fries.
“In this situation the student was not charged for any part of the meal, the main lunch or four additional items. The employee told the manager that she charged the student’s account for the lunch, but the manager later confirmed there were no charges on the account, so what the employee said was not true,” Stone said. “Every student in the lunch line gets a lunch, so there was no reason for her to not charge the account. Despite the fact that the student goes through the line frequently according to the employee, this student hadn’t been charged for anything for the previous three months.”
Kimball told the New Hampshire newspaper Union Leader that a termination letter she received said her decision to give the student free food was “in strict violation of our Cash Handling Procedures, the Schools Charge Policy and Federal Regulation governing free meals.”
She told INSIDER that she has a summer job set up, but did not reveal what it was. She said she also has several options for work in fall.
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