New School food Service Provider Chosen for Everett Public Schools

By Josh Resnek

Following a great deal of rancor and debate, as well as heated public meetings about choosing a new food service provider for the city’s public schools, the city’s longtime food service provider Aramark is to be replaced by the Whitson Culinary Group.

From the start of the effort to oust Aramark, the mayor has postured strongly and with great public vigor for the Whitson Group to be chosen.

In the end, Whitson appears like the better choice.

The nine member Cafeteria Committee unanimously chose Whitson over Aramark, who has served as the schools food service provider for longer than two decades.

The introduction of Whitson Culinary into the Everett public schools began in earnest in April, 2019 when a city Request for Proposal (RFP) went out. Only two food service providers responded to the RFP – Aramark and Whitson Culinary.

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Mayor Refuses to Answer Leader Herald’s Information Requests

By Josh Resnek

During the past year, the mayor’s office has alternately answered some of the Leader Herald’s information requests under the Federal FOIA formula while ignoring others.

Since May, the mayor’s office no longer replies to the Leader Herald’s formal FOIA information requests or information requests in general.

What the news organization MassLive.com is finding out is that the mayor’s office does not play by the FOIA rules, which requires timely answers under penalty of punishment for failure to do so to official requests for public information from news organizations or private investigative parties.

The city has failed to respond to the Leader Herald’s FOIA requests or for public information on three separate occasions since March.

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