School cafeteria manager resigns after food goes missing

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Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2013 10:08 am | Updated: 6:48 pm, Thu Oct 24, 2013.

SARASOTA, Fla. - A cafeteria worker at Alta Vista Elementary School in Sarasota is without a job after thousands of dollars worth of food went missing.

Food Service Manager Barbara Forgeur resigned earlier this month after district officials threatened to fire her during their investigation into the missing food.

It's still not clear where about $2,000 worth of cafeteria food went, but district officials believe Forgeur has the answer.

The incident has parents at Alta Vista Elementary in disbelief.

"I'm shocked, I just cannot hardly believe that."

"I think it could have been worse, though it could have been way worse than that, but it's still wrong at the end of the day."

District officials began investigating the missing food earlier this year when inventory checks came up short. Pizza, chicken nuggets and pre-made sandwiches were all items that couldn't be accounted for.

Security camera footage provided by the school district shows Forgeur arriving at Alta Vista, and then leaving with boxes of food. The question is, where did it go?

Earlier this month, Sarasota County Schools Superintendent Lori White sent a letter to Forgeur in which White tells her there is probable cause to fire her, with reasons including substantial discrepencies in food inventory, receiving cash for food service items without accounting for it, and violating district policies.

However before the process of firing her was completed, Forgeur sent a resignation letter to school officials on October 11.

As part of her resignation deal, Forgeur promised not to take legal action against the district, and both she and school officials agreed that her resignation would not be an admission of wrongdoing by either side.

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  • DonnaCallamy posted at 7:41 am on Fri, Oct 25, 2013.

    DonnaCallamy Posts: 2

    It says "boxes" but I only see 1 box. Did someone actually see that there was food in that box? It looks to me from the way the box is "folded" on the top like it is simply a box that is being reused for something else.

  • emhemo posted at 8:16 pm on Thu, Oct 24, 2013.

    emhemo Posts: 2

    are they going to give her a letter of recommendation while they're at it?

  • DonnaCallamy posted at 4:29 pm on Thu, Oct 24, 2013.

    DonnaCallamy Posts: 2

    This story could not be further from the truth! You got so much of it wrong that it makes me suspect for every piece of "news" you claim to report. Very disappointing - thought you all were professional.

  • boatingforme posted at 2:32 pm on Thu, Oct 24, 2013.

    boatingforme Posts: 10

    Why would they accept her resignation when there's clear cut evidence of theft?


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