On March 22, we printed a story regarding an audit that had been conducted on the Ridgway Schools Food Service program. The audit found the district was not in compliance with a regulation requiring documentation of the tracking of temperatures, quantity and weights of ingredients throughout each day of the year.
The Plaindealer reported that the fine for this infraction, according to Ridgway Schools Superintendent Cheryl Gomez, was nearly $12,000. The Plaindealer also reported that audit findings resulted in the state withholding the reimbursement of funds for free and reduced lunches, over $7,000. Together, we reported, the total fines were in the $18,000 range.
These penalties were reported as heard at the monthly school board meeting the night of March 15. We also reported that the district planned to appeal a portion of these fines.