Cafeteria manager charged with theft loses job at Baldwin-Whitehall

Woman accused of stealing from Keystone Oaks School District

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A Carnegie woman accused last week of pilfering more than $90,000 in student lunch money from the Keystone Oaks High School cafeteria has lost her job in Baldwin-Whitehall School District.

Kathleen Smith, 55, was charged Friday with theft, identity theft, tampering with records and other charges related to her employment with a company that managed cafeteria services for Keystone Oaks.

The same day that Ms. Smith surrendered to authorities, she lost her job at Baldwin-Whitehall High School, where she had been serving as interim cafeteria manager since September at a rate of $160 per day.

"The district recently became aware of allegations against Ms. Smith," said Baldwin-Whitehall superintendent Randall Lutz in a written statement released today. "We have investigated the matter and thus far can assure our students, employees and families that there is NO EVIDENCE to suggest that any kind of unlawful or unethical practices were engaged in at Baldwin-Whitehall School District during this period of time."

Mr. Lutz said the district was informed about the charges from the Allegheny County District Attorney's office. He said that Ms. Smith passed a criminal background check before she was offered employment.

He said the details of Ms. Smith's departure would remain confidential and that the district is seeking a replacement.

Janice Crompton: or 412-263-1159.

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