The case of the New Jersey charter school chef who received a nearly 34% bump in salary over one year has sprouted new details that include the payment of a $151,000 charge to change contract management companies, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Chef Michele Pastorello of LEAP Academy University Charter School in Camden saw his salary increase from $71,000 to $95,000 this year, coincident with a change in management companies from Aramark to Metz Culinary Services. The school, which reportedly suffered a $272,241 deficit in its dining program last year, also had to pay Aramark a $151,000 fee for terminating the contract.
Pastorello's salary is reportedly more than twice the average amount paid to chefs with similar responsibilities in similar-sized school dining operations. LEAP has an enrollment of around a thousand. The district board has announced an investigation into the matter and the state may also look into how funds were used.