Thursday, June 21, 2012
Whitsons is chosen to receive a contract for the 2012-13 school year.
After a year-long struggle with the food services program in the Wellesley Public Schools, the School Committee on Tuesday, June 20, decided which of its three finalists to approve for the 2012-13 school year. The committee voted to enter into contract negotiations with Whitsons School Nutrition to provide food services for the coming school year. “The product they were able to deliver was actually quite excellent,” said School Committee Member Wendy Paul, who was part of the team that made site visits to test food from the three vendors who were finalists for the contract. Interim Business Manager Judy Belliveau led the presentation of the food services contract at the School Committee meeting. She explained the search process, and how …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The committee decided to not renew Chartwells for the 2012-2013 academic year.
Along with all of the changes that have taken place at the Wellesley schools this past year, food service will be the next item up for discussion. The Wellesley School Committee will vote on a new food service plan at a meeting tonight. The committee decided not to renew Chartwells contract after multiple problems with the service this year. Prior to this past year, the Wellesley schools employed local cafeteria workers, who vied for their jobs back throughout this past school year.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Superintendent selections and other news made for an interesting week in Wellesley.
The School Committee presented three finalists for the soon-to-be open school superintendent position Friday morning. The three finalists will be interviewed publicly and privately on three separate days following school vacation week. A Dover author set her novel in Wellesley, highlighting the “bitchy” nature and competitive side of the suburbs. The School Committee voted to not renew Chartwells’ contract. Chartwells was contracted to serve food in the schools this year.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The School Committee voted unanimously last night.
Chartwells has had a rough year, and in Wellesley, it would be its only year. Boston.com reports that the School Committee voted unanimously last night to not renew the food vendor’s one-year contract. The town has put out requests for proposals in an effort to get another food vendor for next year. Committee members said they would not be going back to the in-house food service system, which was in place prior to Chartwells, according to Boston.com The Health Department found serious violations at the Middle School days before the schools opened for the year last August.
No more Chartwells.
Each morning, Wellesley Patch presents “5 Things You Need to Know,” a collection of announcements, events, reminders and odd little ditties to help you organize your day. 1. The School Committee last night voted to not renew its contract with Chartwells, the food vendor for the schools, according to Boston.com. 2. This comes as little surprise after a year's worth of problems with the vendor. 3. The Advisory Search Committee, responsible for picking a new superintendent, will meet this afternoon in executive session to generate a list of three finalists for the superintdent job coming available next year. The committee will reveal the names at a meeting Friday morning. 4. Are you running the marathon this year? Let us know. 5. Next week is…
Monday, April 2, 2012
The survey comes in the wake of recent student allegations that the food is not up to par in the schools.
Wellesley school officials have developed a survey for parents of elementary school students regarding school lunch. The eight-question survey comes in the wake of allegations made at a recent School Committee meeting by students that Chartwells, the school’s food vendor on a one-year contract, is providing at times undercook food or food that is generally unappetizing. The Swellesley Report first reported the survey. Superintdent Bella T. Wong said last week the School Committee would review whether to renew its contract with Chartwells this month.
Friday, March 30, 2012
The schools’ food vendor has been the subject of scrutiny for much of the year.
With the Wellesley school system’s lunch vendor in the community's crosshairs, officials say they’ll come to a decision on whether to continue the relationship next month. Superintendent Bella T. Wong, responding to a Wellesley Patch email, said the School Committee will hand down a decision on whether to renew Chartwells’ contract in April. The vendor’s one-year contract expires June 30. Chartwells got off to a rough start this year. Days before the first day of school, the Health Department found several violations in the Middle School cafeteria. These violations were soon corrected, but the department required Chartwells to hire a consultant to oversee operations going forward. The hiring of Chartwells touched off a controversy …
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Multiple media outlets are reporting that the school has sent a letter to families addressing student concerns.
The beleaguered Wellesley School Department recently sent a letter to families addressing the health concerns brought up by a group of students last week. The Swellesley Report and Boston.com both reported that the administration’s letter defends Chartwells, the school system’s food vendor under a one-year contract, and in some cases denies student allegations of undercooked food, small portions and a claim that students became ill after eating macaroni and cheese. Chartwells had problems from the beginning. They were in violation of the health code at the beginning of the school year and at risk of being unable to open for lunch in time for school to start. Also, a group of former cafeteria workers say they were betrayed by the town …
Thursday, January 5, 2012
From cameras at the new high school to the lack of composting by Chartwells to Ruth Quinn Berdell's back vacation pay, the School Committee addressed an array of concerns.
The School Committee last night candidly answered questions from a roomful of approximately 50 parents, students and community members who quizzed the elected officials about an array of missteps that have plagued the department for the past several months. The meeting was scheduled at the suggestion of Paul Baier, a parent of an eighth grader, who started Concerned Parents of Wellesley last month in an effort to get answers from the elected officials about a series of problems including financial mismanagement in the business office, questions about hiring practices, food safety, air quality at Schofield and a grandfathered verbal agreement that allowed two employees to receive a total of $101,000 in unused vacation pay banked over more …
Friday, December 23, 2011
Parents said they feel the school committee and administration are making strides toward correcting woes at the school, while former cafeteria staff continued the push to oust Chartwells and get their jobs back earlier this week.
Another School Committee meeting and another full house. Tuesday night, high school students filled the seats across the back of the Juliani room at Town Hall fulfilling a U.S. History course assignment, former cafeteria workers again lobbied their case against Chartwells and parents who have attended meetings for the past several weeks again came and commented. But this week the comments weren’t as critical as they have been in the past. Parent Michael Kiernan, who has two children in the public schools, prefaced remarks about the business manager currently on voluntary leave with praise for the School Committee. He thanked members for their continued support of public education and said he and his wife chose Wellesley when they moved …