Baldwin High School cafeteria manager fired over food flap
Baldwin High School cafeteria manager Kristy Morgan was fired because school officials say she threw away food that a football boosters group left in the school cafeteria.
The Baldwin-Whitehall School Board voted, 7-2, on Wednesday to terminate Morgan, who has worked for the district for two years.
Board member Martin Michael Schmotzer brought the matter to a vote, citing the discarded food and saying other situations were involved. Morgan declined to comment on Thursday.
Football booster members left prepared food in the high school kitchen on Aug. 13 that was served that day and was to be served to players on Aug. 14 during the high school's football camp, district Superintendent Randal Lutz said.
Groups must obtain permission to use the kitchen from Tammy Caponi, the food service director, and while the boosters filed a request online for a cafeteria permit, it was after the fact, Lutz said. School officials declined to specify what types of foods were thrown away.
Cafeteria staff discovered the food the morning of Aug. 14 and, not knowing who it belonged to, threw it away, Lutz said.
“Ultimately, it shouldn't have been thrown away, and it was,” he said. “The district will work with the groups to make things right.”
Board members George Pry and Kevin Fischer opposed Morgan's termination. Varsity football head coach Pete Wagner declined to comment. Football boosters President Amy Sumner earlier said the incident was a mistake and declined further comment.
Brittany Goncar is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5803.
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