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School to be Held on Normal Schedule Friday as Food Vendor Reaches Deal with Workers

The Pawtucket School Department announced today that an agreement has been reached between Aramark, the district’s food service vendor, and the union that represents the employees that serve food throughout our school community. School will be held as scheduled tomorrow.

Superintendent of Schools Patti DiCenso said, “We are pleased that the parties were able to come to a negotiated settlement and avoid any interruption in service. I want all Pawtucket students, parents, teachers, and staff to know that school will take place tomorrow, as scheduled, and the same high quality food service will be provided.”

School Committee Chair Gerard Charbonneau said, “I applaud the union and Aramark for reaching an agreement and ensuring that our students will continue to have the services they deserve. I want to thank everyone involved with this process for cooperating to reach an agreement. The support from Mayor Grebien and his administration, working hand-in-hand with the Superintendent’s office and the Committee, has been invaluable.” Chair Charbonneau concluded, “I would like to apologize to the parents and students for any uncertainty or inconvenience that this situation may have caused. Our continuing commitment to you is to provide the best possible services for you and the rest of our community, and with this agreement there will be no interruption in our services.”

There had been concerns that if a deal was not reached the workers would hold a strike on Friday and cause an interruption in school. With today’s agreement, school will be held as scheduled.

“I want to thank everyone involved for leading and stepping up to resolve this issue,” said Mayor Donald R. Grebien. “I am especially grateful to the School Committee, Chair Charbonneau, and Superintendent DiCenso for their leadership on this matter. The services Aramark and their employees provide our students are critical to a healthy and productive school day. We are all happy that, through collaboration and open communication, this situation was resolved and Pawtucket’s students will be in school tomorrow as a result.”

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