SCHOOL REFECTION. THE MUNICIPALITY OF SAN SEVERO MEETS THE PARENTS OF THE I EDUCATIONAL CIRCLE “DE AMICIS

Yesterday afternoon a meeting was held with a delegation of parents from the “De Amicis – Rodari” club. The meeting, together with Simona Venditti, Councilor for Social Policies of the Municipality, was attended by the Headmaster of the 1st Educational Circle Anna Maria Troiano, the Councilor for Public Works Luigi Montorio, the Municipal Councilor Michele de Lilla, the teaching staff with of “canteen referent” ins. Curci and ins. Totaro and two representatives of the school catering company “Ladisa Spa”: the operational director Cesare Pinto and the area representative Alberto Bonfardino.

The session opened with the intervention of Sports Director Troiano who specified that the meeting was organized at the request of Councilor Venditti and the representatives of the company “Ladisa srl” who asked to meet the parents’ delegation regarding the school lunch service. “I clarified to the parents – Councilor Venditti declares – that the school meal service is a contracted service, following a regular tender, to a Temporary Network of Companies “Ladisa srl ​​and Gam srl” and that, therefore, in this phase the AC has the duty and the task of carrying out strict control over the correct execution of the Service. Among other things, well before the action put in place by the parents, the Ass. the Social Services and the educational institutions had activated a careful and synergistic control action. The checks on the service are carried out daily, from the first day of launch, thanks to the activity of the Office with two employees who go to the school refectories to verify the compliance of the service with the tender specifications and the pleasantness of the meal for the children (the same happens for the canteen service for the elderly to which the attentive work of other staff is dedicated who, also there, carry out daily checks). The checks are subsequently extended with the synergistic action with the Schools which promptly send, where necessary, a letter of objection, illustrating the type of disservice. The notes are then translated, together with what was personally detected by the municipal employees, in letters of complaint to the companies entrusted with the service. I illustrated to the parents the various complaints raised against the companies, demonstrating a firm and close attention on the issue both of the Municipal Administration and of the Schools themselves. I am of the opinion that a direct confrontation is the best way to deal with such a delicate problem and I am available to take part in all the meetings that the Schools intend to organize with the parental delegations, in order to discuss the issue in person”.

Councilor Venditti then undertook to convene the canteen commission, made up (also) of representatives of the teachers and parents of all the schools concerned, as soon as all the schools have nominated their representatives. With the same, in fact, it will be possible not only to intervene on the menu to make the necessary changes in order to make it more pleasant for children (provided that they comply with the nutrition rules and regional guidelines), but also to carry out joint checks on the meals produced and served to the pupils. The Operations Director of the Ladisa company Cesare Pinto then specified to the parents that the companies have every interest in solving the problems highlighted through the disputes and, given the recurrence of the same, had already communicated to the CA the decision to modify the redistribution between the two companies of the tasks, including the production of meals as soon as the San Severo Cooking Center is available, which in all probability will be active from next November 21st. In the meantime, a commitment has been made to improve the appeal of the children’s menu in order to give them back the serenity of conviviality and, with it, of sociality. This was followed by a long and serene debate with the families who represented their concerns but also a greater serenity in having learned, from the direct words of the actors on the field, what the actions were and what are aimed at maintaining the highest attention such a delicate service.

SAN SEVERO, 15 November 2022

The Press Office Manager

dr. Michele Princigallo

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