Yet another reason why I love charter schools

They offer upward mobility to the strangest people!

When Camden’s LEAP Academy University Charter School compelled its new food-service management company to retain the school’s executive chef and give him a $24,000 raise, LEAP also had to pay a $151,428 penalty to its previous vendor, documents show.

Including Michele Pastorello’s new $95,000 salary, LEAP has spent nearly $250,000 this school year to keep him employed as executive chef. The position typically pays about $40,000, according to industry experts.

Pastorello is the live-in boyfriend of LEAP founder and board chairwoman Gloria Bonilla-Santiago. His raise, as well as the fee paid to the previous management company, Aramark, now are under review by the school’s board of trustees.

On Friday, Aramark issued a pointed response to suggestions by LEAP that it was replaced because it was not meeting the school’s nutritional goals.

Bonilla-Santiago has recused herself from votes dealing with the food-service contracts. Through a spokesman, she has declined to be interviewed.

2 Responses to Yet another reason why I love charter schools

  1. lless March 11, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

    It’s nice to see private sector merit on parade in our public schools. Next up golden parachutes for falling test scores.

  2. tsisageya March 11, 2013 at 7:33 pm #

    Well, it took me about 35 minutes but then I realized that this is sarcasm. Irony? Onion?

    I’m the first to admit that I’m a dumbass and sometimes only read the headlines.

    Anyway, schools suck these days. Yes, that’s my own grandmotherly experience talking.

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