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Fired Mascoma lunchroom worker offered job back by Cafe Services, but she won’t return

Published: 5/17/2019 9:30:54 PM
Modified: 5/18/2019 1:26:50 PM

WEST CANAAN — A Mascoma lunch worker who says she was fired in late March for allowing a student to have lunch without money in his account was offered her job back on Friday, according to a news release from the Mascoma Valley Regional School District.

But Canaan resident Bonnie Kimball says she doesn’t intend to accept and likely won’t return to the register at Mascoma Valley Regional High School.

“Well, I’m not coming back. You get the word out. They are only doing this to get the press off their back,” Kimball wrote in a text message on Friday night. “If they didn’t want all this attention, they shouldn’t have fired me.”

Kimball’s termination by Manchester-based Cafe Services has proven controversial within the Mascoma community and garnered national attention in the last week. At the time, several co-workers, angered by the decision, quit in protest, and students reportedly boycotted the lunch service.

Interim Superintendent Amanda Isabelle on Friday spoke with Cafe Services, and the company agreed to offer Kimball her previous position with back pay for the time she missed, according to the news release, which was issued by Massachusetts-based John Guilfoil Public Relations LLC.

It’s unclear when the company was hired by the district or how much it is being paid. It’s also unclear whether the lunch workers who quit will be invited back.

Mascoma also has asked to be released from its contract with Cafe Services for next year, which would reopen the bidding process, the release said.

The School Board voted, 5-1, on Tuesday to adopt a one-year contract with the company, which was expected to generate $16,360 for the district.

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