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New Lunch Policy Helping Clear BOE’s Bad Debt

September 21st, 2012 by WCBC Radio

While it has drawn some complaints from parents, Allegany County school officials plan to continue serving a substitute meal of milk, fruit and vegetables to students who are in arrears on lunch payments. Finance Director Randy Bittinger reported to the Board of Education this month that the policy is helping clear up thousands of dollars of bad debt. Specifically, he said before March of last year, the system was owed more than $65,000 for lunches- however with the implementation of the new policy the debt is now down to $31,650. Board member Mike Llewellyn, although pleased with the progress, wants to take it a step further. He suggested urging the local delegation to introduce legislation in Annapolis that would see parents issued civil citations and fines for failing to pay outstanding lunch debts…

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