New Brunswick

High school cafeterias closing in Harvey, McAdam, possibly other areas

Students at Harvey High and McAdam high schools may need to bag their own lunches in January due to the closure of their cafeteria services. Richard Corey, a village councillor in Harvey, made the announcement on the village's Facebook page and has called for a public meeting on the closure.

Richard Corey, village of Harvey councillor, upset no public consultation on the move by the school district

Richard Corey, Harvey village coucillor, wants to organize a public meeting about the closure of cafeteria services at the local high school. (CBC)

Students at Harvey High and McAdam high schools may need to bag their own lunches in January due to the closure of their cafeteria services.

Richard Corey, a village councillor in Harvey, made the announcement on the village's Facebook page and has called for a public meeting on the closure. 

The rumour is there are actually 12 cafeterias closing.- Richard Corey, village of Harvey councillor

"To have no public consultation or announcement about this kind of a closure, no contact from the district, we just felt it was kind of inappropriate," he said.

Corey said a letter went home to students announcing that Chartwells, the private company contracted to provide cafeteria services to some New Brunswick schools, is closing its Harvey High operation because, he says, "it wasn't profitable to operate." 

He said, "The rumour is there are actually 12 cafeterias closing," in the region.

A statement on the McAdam High website states the last day of cafeteria service at that school will be Thursday, Dec. 17 .The statement goes on to say school administration will be discussing options with the Parent School Support Committee.

Cafeteria service important

Corey says he feels it`s important to have cafeteria service at the high school, but recognizes it can be a challenge to get buy-in from the students, some of whom bring their own lunches or go elsewhere for lunch options not found on the school menu every day.

"They can go down and grab a pizza at the service station or fries down at Black's," Corey said. 

David McTimoney, superintendent of Anglophone School District West, said in a statement the closure "was a business decision" by Chartwells, and the district will work with the school to find "alternative solutions to providing cafeteria services."

When asked to confirm that 12 school cafeterias are closing, McTimoney replied that Chartwells is "better suited to respond."

CBC News has reached out to Chartwells' parent company, Compass Group, seeking confirmation and are awaiting a statement from the company.

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