Willard starts termination proceedings against cafeteria worker accused of misusing funds

A report made public today accuses a Willard Schools cafeteria supervisor of misusing $71,000 in school funds. The district announced it will conduct a pre-termination hearing this Monday for Melodie Adelman, who was placed on paid administrative leave March 9.
Sandusky Register Staff
May 12, 2010

 A report made public today accuses a Willard Schools cafeteria supervisor of misusing $71,000 in school funds.

The district announced it will conduct a pre-termination hearing this Monday for Melodie Adelman, who was placed on paid administrative leave March 9.

The letter outlines alleged “illegal and unethical conduct,” which included inflating meal counts and charging the state for thousands of dollars in food the cafeteria never served.

It accuses Adelman, the wife of Huron County Commissioner Mike Adelman, of being “grossly inefficient” and says she violated Board of Education regulations for the past nine years.

Adelman has more than 22 years of experience with the district. She and her husband issued a joint statement asking everyone to avoid judgement "until the whole truth is made known."

Among other things, the letter says she charged the Ohio Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Agriculture for an additional 493 breakfasts and 47 lunches that were never served at the high school cafeteria.

Some of the about 135 students she reported as having received meals had dropped out of school, were sick or had been suspended or expelled,  according to the letter. The letter says she “knew or should have known”  those students were no longer receiving meals.

Adelman also reported more free-and-reduced breakfasts to the state than she actually served, according to the letter.

 

Read more in Thursday's Register.