OTTAWA LAKE —
Whiteford Agricultural School food-service employees may sue the district,
according to The Toledo Blade. The district uses Sodexho to manage the
district's food services, and in June, the district's school board voted to
extend that contract to cover employees as well.
programs may be self-sustaining — that is, revenues from food sales can cover
all the expenses — but when there is a deficit, a district may have to transfer
money from funds meant to support instruction services to cover it. Whiteford
transferred $19,000 to cover its food-service expenses during the 2007-2008
But the Michigan
Education Association officials who represent the affected employees argue that
its collective bargaining agreement, which will not expire until June 2010,
prevents the district from contracting, and the MEA is likely to file a
grievance and lawsuit against the district, The Blade reported.
Reference: "Whiteford Agricultural district trims
staff, cuts hours?" The Toledo Blade, June 17, 2009