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(Truro) The Chignecto Central Regional School Boards (CCRSB) plans to privatize school cafeterias at 16 schools will mean many of those cafeterias will close.

The school board is charging ahead with a plan to get out of the cafeteria business in all of the remaining school-run facilities. School principals have been given until the end of this month to choose between handing over cafeteria operations to a private company, or setting up non-profit societies to run the cafeterias.

But CUPE Local 3890, which represents some 540 school board employees, says if they privatize, the locations that are currently making money will get scooped up by a private company and the ones that arent making money will simply be shut down.

Local 3890 President Henk Admiraal says, Parents, students, teachers and others need to know that this privatization scheme will result in up to 10 of these cafeterias closing.

Beginning next week, the school board workers will be launching a public information campaign using the slogan, School Cafeterias On the Chopping Block! Its designed to let the public know about the sell-off and which members of the board are pushing it the hardest.

Says Admiraal, The public needs to know that elected school board members have decided to simply wash their hands of a vital school service. We dont see cafeterias as a frill theyre a crucial part of any school.

The end result, says the CUPE president, is that kids in many of those schools will be going without a cafeteria.

For information:
Henk Admiraal, President, CUPE Local 3890
(902) 662-3895 (H- after 4:00 pm)
John McCracken, CUPE Communications Representative
(902) 455-4180 (o)