Last night’s Penns Manor School Board meeting was all about the cafeteria workers.
Around 80 people showed up last night to support the Penns Manor cafeteria workers, who fear losing their jobs to a subcontract with a private firm, should the school board choose to do so.
The board has not signed any agreements with a food management company. Board President Robert Packer said that Metz Culinary Management did offer a bid to the district. He also said during the meeting that the cafeteria operates at a $100,000 loss. Packer spoke after the meeting about the possibility of subcontracting the work away to a company.
Negotiations between the district and the Penns Manor Education Support Professionals are scheduled over the next few months.
Superintendent T.J. Kakabar said that a meeting between the district and Columbia Gas is scheduled for next Wednesday to discuss the possibility of a gas pipeline to the district buildings. The current proposal suggests it will cost about $320,000 and it will pay for itself in two and a half years.