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D.C. Public Schools’ food vendor agreed to pay nearly $20 million this week as part of a whistleblower lawsuit, but that doesn’t satisfy Council education committee chairman David Grosso. In a press release, Grosso says he’s going to keep investigating the District’s ongoing contract with Chartwells.
Some of the $19.4 million settlement will go to Jeffrey Mills, DCPS’ former executive director of Food and Nutrition Services, who filed the whistleblower lawsuit after getting canned by the city. Grosso says he’ll review the contract this summer, with a hearing planned for the fall.
Grosso won’t be alone as he looks into the Chartwells contract. On Monday, Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh asked the D.C. Auditor to investigate the contract, the bidding of which she says was based on “faulty promises, cutting corners, and apparently, outright fraud.” Cheh also wants Auditor Kathy Patterson to investigate whether outsourcing DCPS’ food services has actually saved the District money.
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