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Wallingford BOE hires new food services director

Wallingford BOE hires new food services director

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WALLINGFORD — The Board of Education has hired a new food services director for the school district.

James Bondi is currently the director of food services at the Connecticut Technical and Career System in Hartford. He previously served as food services director with Plainville Community Schools from 2004 to 2018 and with Wethersfield Public Schools for five years.

In a statement, Danielle Bellizzi, assistant superintendent for personnel, said that during the interview process, Bondi “shared his strong knowledge of the daily operations of running a school lunch program, including creative menu planning and nutritional analysis based on students and staff suggestions.”

Bondi’s start date is July 8 and his annual salary will be $81,000. He was appointed by the school board at a meeting Monday night.

David Mensher resigned as food services director in April. He’s now the cafeteria general manager at the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford.

Menscher, whose outgoing salary was $81,000, had signed a three-year contract in July 2017 to replace interim director Alan Belchak.

Menscher said in May that “the BOE (was) flexible and supported me in this decision” to depart with one year left on the contract.

During his tenure, student participation in the food program increased by more than 12 percent, he said.

Roughly 35 percent of enrolled students qualified for free or reduced lunch, and the school district receives reimbursement from the federal and state governments.
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