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Five suspended at Central Nutrition Center

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Five employees at the Memphis City Schools Central Nutrition Center are off the job temporarily, but city schools leaders would not say Tuesday why the employees were suspended.

Monday, Dr. Vista Suarez started as the new director of the Central Nutrition Center, a job she previously held for the city school system in Richmond, Virginia.

School leaders say the suspensions are related to Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash's fresh start initiative, in which all 18 nutrition center employees had to reapply for their jobs in August.

Tuesday, reaction was mostly supportive.

"We cannot expect to have difficult results if we're continuing to perform certain actions so I applaud the superintendent for hiring and fresh starting the Central Nutrition Center," board member Martavius Jones said. "Because, in order to improve it, we cannot have the same operations or the same procedures in place if we are to expect different results."

The Central Nutrition Center has been a nightmare for Memphis City Schools.  Last year, workers improperly stored more than 200 tons of food, costing taxpayers millions of dollars.

An additional audit also revealed a loss of millions of dollars in state and federal violations.

Memphis City School leaders are not formally announcing why the suspensions are happening, but they're expected to make a statement later this week.


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