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PSS cites vendor who served late lunch at Tinian school

THE complaint about late lunch at schools was an isolated problem, according to Dale Roberts, director of the Public School System’s food and nutrition services program. He said he issued a citation to a Tinian Junior/Senior High School’s vendor for that one incident.

Board of Education student representative Mariah Cruz earlier said that food portions served in school cafeterias were getting smaller, and there were delays in serving the students’ lunch.

Roberts believes Cruz is referring to one lunch period on Aug. 24, 2017 at TJSHS.

He did not mention the name of the vendor cited on Tinian, but said the incident was reported by an on-site monitor.

“I was informed of the problems on Aug. 24, I cited the vendor on Aug 25, and our office did not pay for 68 of the over 160 meals served that day at TJSHS. I suspect that our BOE members are not aware of that,” Roberts said in an email to Variety.

He said the incident mentioned by Cruz happened during one lunch period.

“Our nutritionist and her assistant visited Tinian Head Start, Tinian Elementary, and Tinian JSHS on Monday Sept. 25. While there, they met with students and chatted about their school meals experiences. Our staff offered a list of suggestions to the school meals provider based on their observations and conversations and a few of those suggestions have already been implemented.”

Roberts said he hopes to sit down with Cruz and discuss her concerns directly.