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Unpaid School Lunches Continue To Be A Problem

February 9th, 2012 by WCBC Radio

The Allegany County Board of Education faces an annual deficit as a result of many parents, whose children don’t qualify for free or reduced-priced meals, not paying for their kids to eat. This has been an ongoing problem. Two years ago, a “substitute meal” — a cheese sandwich and water — was served to students whose lunch accounts were in arrears. Even though it saved about 90 cents a meal, the practice was halted because school board members then in office decided it was not fair to penalize children for a debt their parents owe. The system is more than $30,000 in arrears. Superintendent David Cox said that there are guidelines and regulations in the state that limit the manner in which the school board can address the issue. He said although a senior student cannot have his or her diploma kept from them- they can be denied the chance to participate in the graduation ceremony…





3 Responses to “Unpaid School Lunches Continue To Be A Problem”

  1. February 09, 2012 at 8:18 am, Kathi said:

    What a shame.. kids that don’t pay for their lunch.. in Allegany County won’t be able to walk at Graduation.. their just kids.. I THINK THE PARENTS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO ATTEND GRADUATION.. !!! Seems the parents don’t have to be responsible for anything..

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  2. February 09, 2012 at 9:57 am, Kevin said:

    The cafeteria gives the notices to the students to take home. Almost all of these end up in the trash can. Send emails to parents personal/work email addresses so the parents know their child owes money.

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  3. February 09, 2012 at 9:58 am, Kevin said:

    The cafeteria gives the notices to the students, at least in high school. Most of these end up in the trash can. Send notices to the parents’ personal/work email addresses so the parents directly get the notices instead.

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