School Committee Balks at Cafeteria Workers’ Clothing Costs

The Haverhill School Committee may be taking a second look Thursday at a recent approval of a contract agreement with the district’s cafeteria workers.

On the agenda for the regular school committee meeting, a motion by committee member Scott Wood to reconsider an agreement to absorb the cost of workers’ uniforms in the school budget this year and over the next two years. Under a plan approved by the committee at its Oct. 23 meeting, it would cost the school district $10,000 in the current school year, and $80,000 per year for cafeteria workers’ uniforms during the next two years. The added costs to the school budgets are attributed to the elimination of a clothing allowance. The original motion was passed unanimously by the school committee, with mayor James J. Fiorentini, committee chairman, abstaining.

In other agenda items, the school committee is being asked to approve, as field trips, requests to allow Bradford Elementary and Hunking Middle School members of the Bradford Huskies cross country team to travel to national competitions in Lawrence, Kansas, and in Myrtle Beach, S.C., during December. According to a letter and requests from coach and Bradford Elementary teacher Megan McCarthy, the events are the culmination of qualifying championships for the New England and northeast regions. Team travel costs are being covered by members’ families and through various fund-raisers held by the team.

The Haverhill School Committee meets at 7 p.m., Thursday, in city council chambers at Haverhill City Hall.