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Topping His Menu: Healthy Meals

August 23, 2018

EATING WELL, LEARNING WELL: David Semenza was recently named the new general manager of Nutrition Services at the Fitchburg Public Schools. SUBMITTED PHOTO Sentinel and Enterprise staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

By Chad Garner

Special to the Sentinel & Enterprise

FITCHBURG -- David Semenza was recently promoted to general manager of Nutrition Services for Fitchburg Public Schools.

“We are so fortunate to have David Semenza named as the general manager for Sodexo in the Fitchburg Public Schools,” Superintendent Andre Ravenelle said. “Dave has been a pleasure to work with through the years. He knows our standards and procedures and, like Jill (Lucius) before him, is committed to healthy nutrition and a collaborative work model.”

Assistant Superintendent Bob Jokela added: “Congrats to Dave on his promotion as GM of FPS’ Nutrition Services. I am glad to see Dave’s commitment of FPS recognized and look forward working with Dave and the entire Sodexo team to further improve nutritional offerings to our kids.”

Semenza is thrilled with the promotion.

“For the last 13 years, I was fortunate to be able work with and be mentored by my predecessor, Jill Lucius,” he said. “Her passion for school nutrition is unmatched. I am looking forward to the challenge of keeping Fitchburg schools as the innovators and pioneers of school nutrition it has become known for. I am fortunate to have the best nutrition services team anyone could ask for. Child nutrition plays an integral role in all of our students’ lives, and I am excited for the chance to maintain Fitchburg schools’ reputation as an industry leader in child nutrition.”

Semenza, who has worked in the food services for 26 years, has been with Sodexo since 1998.

Semenza started his Sodexo career with the corporate service division in various roles, including chef manager, executive chef and account operations manager.

He then moved over to school services in 2005 as the food service manager in Fitchburg.

In 2016, Semenza was promoted to the operations manager.

Prior to Sodexo, Semenza worked as executive chef and chef manager for Daka Restaurants, and also worked in various kitchen roles at hotels and restaurants in the Boston and Providence areas.

Semenza has a bachelor’s degree in food service management and an associate’s degree in culinary arts, both from Johnson & Wales University.

In addition, Semenza holds certifications for Foodservice Management Professional and School Nutrition Specialist.

Semenza says he’s looking forward to continuing to work toward the goals of the Fitchburg Nutrition Services Department.

“We will continue to focus on serving the students and staff of Fitchburg schools the highest quality and most nutritionally-sound meals possible,” he said. “We will continue to innovate and develop new recipes following industry trends with the best customer service possible while focusing on nutrition, quality, service, technology and environmental impact.”

Garner is the public schools’ Family and Community Partnership Champion.

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