Block Island Times

School food service manager resigns

In a candid letter announcing her resignation, Cindy Kelly, the School Food Service Manager for the Block Island School, raised issues of sanitation, questionable food handling practices and under-staffing in the school’s lunch program.
The letter did not give an effective date of her resignation. Kelly suggested that the vacancy be posted immediately, and said she was willing to stay on the job to train her successor, even through the end of the school year. She was clear, however, that she will not be returning in September 2020.
Superintendent Michael Convery told the New Shoreham School Committee at its November 12 meeting that Chartwells, the school’s contracted food service management company, had begun the process of hiring Kelly’s replacement. “Miss Kelly has been a tremendous asset to the school and she will be greatly missed,” he added. The committee accepted Kelly’s resignation with regret.
“I’m not willing to compromise”
In her Sept. 29 letter to the school administration, Kelly said: “(I)n a nutshell, I’ve come to the conclusion that I am not a good fit for this position.” She went on to say she had “discovered that managing the

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