Board of Health: Hard to Believe This Happened Again (Updated)

Director Bob Leupold unsure where the blame goes for the latest undercooked chicken incident at Noyes Elementary School.

UPDATED: 3:15 P.M.

Sudbury Board of Health Director Bob Leupold says Sudbury Public Schools is "ahead of the curve" when it comes to its cafeterias.

An outside consultant makes monthly visits to ensure everything is up to par, something most school districts don't have, he said.

And because of this, Leupold is scratching his head today after a report of undercooked chicken being served at Noyes Elementary School surfaced yesterday.

"It's hard to believe this happened again after last year," he says.

The same incident happened at Noyes and Nixon Elementary School a year ago, and Superintendent Anne Wilson changed the food service provider from Chartwells to Whitsons.

Leupold says he was contacted shortly after the report of the latest incident and was back at Noyes today to meet with the cafeteria supervisor, Chris Purdue, who was working yesterday.

"I did an inspection and made a notation that temperatures for the chicken were not recorded and that’s a mistake there," Leupold says. "I can’t say how it happened. I don’t know what degree the chicken was cooked — 150 degrees, 165, 140 — I just don’t know."

There have been no reports of children getting sick from the undercooked chicken as of Tuesday morning.

Leupold is unsure if the issue is staff related and noted that the staff at Noyes is short one person who recently quit.

"The supervisor has 35 years experience apparently," he says. "He assured me it won't happen again, but it shouldn't have happened the first time. You assume they will do a perfect job but in this case they didn't."

Leupold says no fines have been given and all cafeterias will be reinspected "sooner than later now that this has occurred."

Inspections are required to happen twice a year.

"We will follow all protocols and procedures and take appropriate action," Wilson told Sudbury Patch in an email.

Some parents leaving Noyes with their kids Tuesday afternoon were hestitant to comment, but two did share their views.

When asked if she was concerned for her fourth-grade daughter, mother Kellie Byrne said yes.

"She’s in fourth grade but she was not involved," she said. "I work in a school kitchen in another town so it definitely concerns me."

Byrne added that she hasn't brought her concerns to anyone in the administration.

Parent Rebecca Lewis had a different opinion.

"My son brings lunch most of the time ... he doesn’t like the school lunch," she said. "Those types of things happen. It doesn’t happen that often, accidents happen and I’m not that concerned."


Donna Sumner February 12, 2013 at 06:55 PM
So Bob - you cannot believe this happened??? The supervisior who has 35 yrs experience , who as you say was working yesterday, neglected to take the temp of food that was being served?? I would be replacing him asap! Second Bob get your facts straight, the staffing issue is of Chris Purdues doing! The worker didnt quit!! She was let go. Why? Because Chris didnt like someone pointing out mistakes that were being made. Serious mistakes! I certainly hope you made good use of your time at Peter Noyes and took a walk through the school, and saw the filthy condition in some of the classrooms. ie.. vomit stains on carpets, mice droppings, spider webs intact with spiders. Boxes stacked so high near doorways its a hazard- We know Carol Bradford is unable to see the filth , even though she is there M-F.
sudburycitizentoo February 12, 2013 at 07:00 PM
If some of these entitled parents got off their butts and volunteered to help correct some of the problems that they complain about instead of demanding better better better i.e. $$$$$ then maybe things would get better. DO SOMETHING CONSTRUCTIVE instead of constantly complaining. You all want the best without having to pay for it. Something's gotta give. Entitled Sudbury. Geez.
Susan P Jones February 12, 2013 at 07:15 PM
The superintendent, Anne Wilson, and Principal Doyle have at multiple times expressed that their main concern is children's safety. I didn't doubt this. But when there are numerous violations I have to question their intentions. The uncooked chicken is just the latest incident. At Noyes School there have been periodic absences or tardiness of a crossing guard on Old Sudbury Road. The children have to fend for themselves. Their safety is in jeopardy. There are filthy conditions in some of the classrooms. Why hasn't the Board of Health been called in to investigate and correct these deplorable conditons? What are Wilson and Doyle waiting for? A child suffering from food poisoning, a child rushed to the hospital after trying to cross a busy street, or actually waiting to witness a rodent defecating in the these classrooms? Child's safety paramount? I don't think so!!
Donna Sumner February 12, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Actually SCtoo- I'm not trying to pick a fight with you- but I know I volunteer at Peter Noyes sometimes 4x a week. There are quite a few of us parents who are there. We are only allowed to do so much. I know for a fact that a group of us have made suggestions on various issues, those suggestions fell on deaf ears and were completely ignored. So please if you have an idea of how else we can get things accomplished- tell us!
sudburycitizentoo February 12, 2013 at 08:02 PM
I bet the SPS would love it if a group of parents went in during vacation week and did some house cleaning -- get some LS students to do community service--sign a release saying the schools are not liable for any injuries etc so that heavy lifting of boxes jamming doorways are moved and organized. The town needs help, not critics. Glad you're volunteering! Now I have to boycott Sudbury Citizen LOL!!!
Sudbury Citizen February 12, 2013 at 08:13 PM
sudburycitizentoo, what did I miss, I have been working on Fincom matters all day. LOL
Mrs Independent February 12, 2013 at 08:44 PM
Why should parents be responsible for teachers who are not doing housekeeping in their classrooms? They know better than to be blocking fire doors- Honestly SCtoo , if you saw mouse droppings in your home, wouldnt you take measures to correct it? Call an exterminator- the custodian?
Irishwhisky February 12, 2013 at 09:16 PM
Chicken Sushi is a delicacy in some countries
sudburycitizentoo February 12, 2013 at 09:35 PM
First I's adopt a cat then I'd sweep the stuff out the door. LOL!!!
Sam Based February 13, 2013 at 12:26 AM
Get 'em. LOL
pmotw February 13, 2013 at 06:35 PM
This in inexcusable! The people responsible need to be replaced ASAP!!! This is a service the town is providing. The town is liable and could be sued. These matters have to be taken VERY SERIOUS not only for the health of our children, but the reputation and welfare of the town. News like this is not attracting families to Sudbury or helping property values.
noyes parent February 14, 2013 at 08:05 PM
I am laughing out loud at the sheer silliness of this story first off....but what is even funnier is the hyperbolic, over the top comments in this section.....let me get this straight, this "scandal" involves someone not leaving the chicken in the oven long enough???......I cant believe what i am reading. Talk about the attack of the helicopter parents. so within a year there has been three incidents of undercooked chicken???....oh my god...FIRE EM ALL!!!!....dont worry Sudbury we will rebuild!!....never forget the victims of Chicken Gate, my thoughts and prayers are with the victims!!....we must take steps, up to and including congressional actions to make sure something like this never happens again. We owe it to the children!!! Never mind that your child has a better chance of slipping and falling on an ice patch and seriously injuring themselves on the school sidewalk, then being seriously injured by some undercooked chicken.....cue all the horror stories about undercooked chicken
noyes parent February 14, 2013 at 08:13 PM
Of course then we would have to fire the entire maintenance staff for not making sure every single inch of the parking lot was free from any type of ice.....incompetence i say!!!!!!


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