Make us your home page


Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Reduced-price meals - for her daughter



240pxschool_lunch_2 A Pinellas food service assistant likely will lose her job over allegations that she's been undercharging her daughter when the child comes through the lunch line at the school where she works.

Back in April, the cafeteria manager at Starkey Elementary School suspected that Angel Sparkman was charging her daughter 50 cents instead of $1.75 for lunch. Sparkman has denied the charge, but superintendent Clayton Wilcox has recommended that she be fired based on documentation obtained from the school supporting the cafeteria manager's claim.

According to a School Board report, Sparkman, who has been a food service assistant with the district since 2004, has another problem. She has not reported for work or called to explain her absence since Aug. 14. School officials say efforts to reach her by phone and certified mail have failed.

Sparkman was recommended for dismissal in June 2006 for absenteeism but was reinstated after a hearing. Unless she requests a hearing on her current charges - abandonment of job, insubordination, misconduct, and unauthorized use, theft or vandalism of School Board property - board members will decide her case at their meeting on Tuesday.

- Donna Winchester, Pinellas education reporter

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:22am]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours