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Job fair for food service employees at Flint school district

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Some former Flint school employees have a chance to apply for new jobs and some of the jobs up for grabs are the same ones cut by the district last month.

"When you have a job you shouldn't have to re-apply for the same job," Connie Hudson said.

That's the strange reality many are facing. 

Last month, Flint school district made cuts to trim $5 million of its deficit. One change was outsourcing the school's food service to a company called SodexoMAGIC. 

Now that company is giving many the chance to interview for the job they held until June. 

"This is a job fair - slash - open house. Primarily for former employees of the Flint school district, this gives Sodexo the opportunity to introduce ourselves to the employees," said Jarvis Richardson, opening project manager.

Food service employees were among the 250 staff members who lost their job last month, but about 120 positions are waiting to be filled.

They are hiring everything from manager to head cooks, to lunch aids. 

"One of the things we want to do is to give an opportunity for the talent that is already in the district to be utilized. Sometimes people's skills just need to be developed. And what we bring is a chance to develop those skills through the programs and things we do," Richardson said.

SodexoMAGIC, a company owned by Magic Johnson, will be in place this fall and kids will notice a difference right away, primarily in their lunch choices. 

The new changes to the menu include a salad bar, Richardson said.

Many of the applicants who attended the job fair said they don't like that they have to re-apply for their old jobs, but with all the cuts they are also glad they can. 

"Sad to say you have to re-apply for the same job you been doing for 10 years, but that's just the way it is now," Hudson said.

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